Description: Perennial, tuberous herbs with cystoliths; branches often grooved longitudinally and/or flattened.
Leaves sometimes unequal in size at nodes.
Inflorescences variable, either flowers sessile in axillary clusters or flowers solitary, axillary and pedunculate, or in loose spikes; bracteoles shorter than calyx. Calyx 5-lobed. Corolla funnel-shaped. Stamens 4, rarely 3 or 6. Ovary with 6–10 ovules per loculus.
Capsule cylindrical, seed-bearing hooks conspicuous; seeds mostly 8–12, discoid to ellipsoid, with mucilaginous hairs.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, Australia & New Guinea. Australia: 6 species ( 5 species endemic), Qld, N.S.W., N.T., W.A.
Species not yet incorporated into Key: Brunoniella spiciflora
Text by J. Everett
Taxa not yet included in identification key
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|1||Calyx segments linear, less than 1 mm wide in basal half, margins with long bristly hairs; flowers in dense, usually more than 2-flowered clusters in axils||Brunoniella australis|
|Calyx segments more or less lanceolate, more than 1 mm wide in basal half, margins with short, often appressed, hairs; flowers solitary or in pairs in axils||Brunoniella pumilio|