Description: Shrubs or subshrubs, tomentose.
Leaves sessile, decussate or in whorls of 3, bullate-wrinkled, decurrent.
Flowers axillary, solitary, zygomorphic, bisexual. Calyx deeply 5-lobed, persistent in fruit. Corolla tubular, tube elongated and usually curved and dilated upwards, 2-lipped or occasionally unequally 5-lobed; upper lip 2-lobed; lower lip 3-lobed; lower lobe rather larger than others. Stamens 4, ± in 2 unequal pairs, inserted below the middle of the corolla tube; filaments glabrous. Ovary 4-locular, each loculus with 1 ovule; style filiform, glabrous.
Fruit a dry 4-locular drupe, the endocarp usually separating into 2 hard 2-locular mericarps; seed solitary in each loculus, without endosperm.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 4 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W., W.A.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Munir (1977)
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Stamens and style included in corolla tube; lower corolla lip villous inside with a few sparse and short hairs running down into the tube||Chloanthes parviflora|
|Stamens and style exserted from corolla tube; lower corolla lip glabrous inside||2|
|2||Leaves with margins scarcely recurved, usually 5–7 cm long and 5–11 mm wide, lower surface shortly hispid||Chloanthes glandulosa|
|Leaves with revolute margins, usually less than 5 cm long and less than 5 mm wide, lower surface woolly|
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