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Genus Calytrix Family Myrtaceae

Description: Shrubs.

Leaves alternate [or opposite or whorled]; stipules if present very small.

Inflorescences axillary, 1-flowered, pedunculate with a pair of persistent or caducous, free or fused bracteoles. Flowers 5-merous, white, pink, yellow or purple. Hypanthium usually long and tubular. Calyx lobes spreading, usually long-attenuate or awned, persistent in fruits and turning a dark red to purple. Petals free. Stamens numerous in one or more series. Ovary inferior, 1-locular; placenta ± basal, ovules 2 or rarely 3 or 4; stigma usually small; style usually persistent.

Fruit dry, indehiscent, enclosed in persistent hypanthium and calyx; seed solitary.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 72 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Petals white to pink, 3.5–7.5 mm long; stamens 1-seriateCalytrix tetragona
Petals pink to mauve, 8–12 mm long; stamens 2-seriateCalytrix longiflora

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