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Genus Escallonia Family Escalloniaceae

Description: Shrubs or small trees.

Leaves alternate, simple, margins entire or often glandular-toothed, often resinous-dotted.

Inflorescences usually terminal, racemes or panicles. Calyx 5-toothed. Petals 5, free, but usually ± cohering and forming a tube. Stamens 5. Ovary inferior, 2-carpellate, 1-locular.

Fruit a capsule, topped by persistent calyx and style; seeds numerous.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 60 species, South America, especially the Andes Mtns. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden (1992)
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Escallonia bifida

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