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Genus Crowea Family Rutaceae

Description: Shrubs, glabrous or with simple hairs, unarmed.

Leaves alternate, simple, margins entire [or toothed].

Inflorescences axillary, bearing a single flower and a few basal leaves or bracts. Flowers bisexual. Sepals 5, free. Petals 5, imbricate, persistent in fruit. Stamens 10, free but with contiguous or imbricate filaments, pyramidally arranged and incurved over the ovary. Carpels 5, basally fused, lacking a sterile apex; styles fused, arising subterminally on the carpels; stigma globose; ovules 2 in each carpel.

Fruit of 1–5 cocci; cocci not transversely ridged, with rounded apices; seeds released forcibly from dehiscing cocci, shiny, brown.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 3 species, endemic Australia. Australia: N.S.W., Vic., W.A.

Text by M. F. Porteners & P. H. Weston
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Branchlets glabrous, prominently angled, or with a narrow wing decurrent from each leaf base; leaves narrow- to broad-elliptic; petals 12–20 mm longCrowea saligna
Branchlets slightly hairy (at least in narrow lines), obtusely angled or ± terete; leaves narrow-oblong to oblanceolate or narrow-elliptic, or rarely obcordate; petals 3.5–14 mm longCrowea exalata

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