Leaves finely toothed.
Inflorescences axillary, usually paniculate. Flowers bisexual, flower parts ± subspiral, perigynous. Receptacle cup-shaped. Perianth segments usually 15–20 in 3 or 4 whorls. Androecium arranged in 3 or 4 obscure whorls, stamens 4–7 with truncate connectives and glands on filaments, dehiscence extrorse; staminodes mostly 5–10 in 2 or 3 whorls. Carpels 4–12, styles terminal.
Receptacle enlarging and enclosing the hairy achenes, often becoming woody in fruit and takes about 6–8 months to mature.
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|1||Midrib sunken on the upper surface of leaves; flowers with glabrous receptacle, petaloid perianth 3–4.5 mm long||2|
|Midrib slightly raised or flush with the upper surface of the leaves; flowers with hairy or glabrous receptacle, petaloid perianth 2.5–3.5 mm long||4|
|2||Fruiting receptacle 15–24 mm long, narrow-cylindrical to urceolate with more or less papery walls less than 0.5 mm thick; leaves usually 7–17 cm long with veins more or less thickly prominent below; inflorescence usually 5–12 cm long, slenderly elongate; perianth greenish or pale yellow||Daphnandra micrantha|
|Fruiting receptacle 7–21 mm long, usually urn-shaped to obpyriform with woody walls 0.5–0.75 mm thick; leaves mostly 4–9 cm long with veins slenderly prominent below; inflorescence mostly 2–6 cm long, slender or spreading; perianth greenish white or reddish|
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|3||Perianth reddish; pedicel usually 4–10 mm long in flower; leaves finely crenate on apical two-thirds; fruiting receptacle usually more or less obpyriform, pedicel 8–12 mm long||Daphnandra tenuipes|
|Perianth greenish white; pedicel 1–3 mm long in flower; leaves finely crenate to near base; fruiting receptacle usually urn-shaped, pedicel 3–6 mm long|
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|4||Fruiting receptacle usually 5–7 mm long, more or less globose, pedicel 5–8 mm long; leaves with margins deeply, rather distantly and coarsely toothed except for basal half or third, veins conspicuously raised on upper surface||Daphnandra johnsonii|
|Fruiting receptacle mostly 8–20 mm long, more or less urn-shaped, pedicel 3–6 mm long; leaves with margins shallowly and finely toothed except for basal eighth or quarter, veins obscure on upper surface|
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|5||Floral receptacle hairy; leaves drying more or less pale grey-green above, sometimes blackish, rarely olive-tinted, more or less lanceolate, margins crenate-toothed||Daphnandra apatela|
|Floral receptacle glabrous; leaves drying olive-black to dark olive-brown above, narrow-elliptic to ovate, margins more or less finely crenate|
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