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Genus Baeckea Family Myrtaceae

Description: Shrubs or small trees.

Leaves opposite, margins entire, crenate or finely ciliate-toothed, shortly petiolate.

Inflorescences axillary, 1-flowered. Flowers 5-merous, white; bracteoles 2, caducous or persistent. Calyx persistent in fruit. Petals free. Stamens 4–12; anthers opeining by longitudinal slits, gland-tipped. Ovary half-inferior, (1-)2-(-3) locular; placentation axile; stigma capitate.

Fruit a loculicidal capsule.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 14 species, eastern Australia and Asia. Many previous records from eastern Australia and all from western Australia and New Caledonia are now segregated into other genera.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves linear, >6 times long as wide2
Leaves oblanceolate, elliptic or ovate to ± circular, <6 times long as wide4
2Leaves in clusters at each node; ovary 2- or 3-locularBaeckea frutescens
Leaves solitary at each node; ovary always 2-locular
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3
3Leaves 6–17 mm long, apex acute to acuminateBaeckea linifolia
Leaves 3.3–5.8 mm long, apex obtuse
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Baeckea kandos
4Leaves sessileBaeckea brevifolia
Leaves shortly petiolate
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5
5Leaves circular to broad-ovate, 1–1.5 times longer than wideBaeckea imbricata
Leaves oblanceolate to elliptic, 1.5–6 times longer than wide
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6
6Margins of leaves finely toothed throughoutBaeckea diosmifolia
Margins of leaves entire, or finely toothed near apex
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7
7Leaves 2.3–5.3 mm wide, flatBaeckea latifolia
Leaves 0.5–2.3 mm wide, concavo-convex
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8
8Pedicels 0.4–1.6 mm long9
Pedicels 1.6–2.5 mm long
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Baeckea utilis
9Stamens 4–6; ovary and fruit 1-locularBaeckea gunniana
Stamens 8–11; ovary 2-locular
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Baeckea omissa

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