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Genus Drosanthemum Family Aizoaceae

Description: Low, prostrate or erect succulent perennial herbs with trailing hirsute stems.

Leaves fleshy, semiterete, opposite, connate, papillose, clustered on short shoots.

Flowers solitary, terminal on short shoots, pedicellate. Sepals 5, equal, papillose. Petaloid staminodes many, white; stamens many, to the inside of the staminodes, filaments narrow, often flattened. Ovary infe rior, 5-locular; placentation parietal; styles 5, free.

Fruit a hygroscopic capsule; seeds numerous.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 95 species, Africa. Australia: 1 species (naturalized), N.S.W., Vic., S.A., W.A.

Text by K.D. Hill
Taxon concept: One species in NSW: Drosanthemum candens


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