Description: Perennial herbs with a taproot, sometimes rhizomatous, glabrous.
Leaves 1–3-pinnate; leaflets ovate, rhombic or fan-shaped, often glaucous, sessile or sometimes petiolate, sheathing at base.
Inflorescence axillary, a compound umbel; bracts and bracteoles few to several, narrow linear, free or partly fused. Flowers bisexual or unisexual and the plants polygamous; white. Sepals small. Petals board-ovate, with strongly inflexed apex. Stylopodium low-conical.
Fruit ovoid, ellipsoid or oblong; carpophore entire or divided; mericarps 5-ribbed, the lateral ribs sometimes winged.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 7 species, New Zealand & Australia. Australia: 3 species (2 species endemic), N.S.W., Vic.
Text by J. M. Powell, except for genera with authors listed
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Leaves with segments linear or linear-lanceolate, less than 5 mm wide; fruit ellipsoid or oblong, 6–10 mm long, pedicels in fruit unequal, 7–20 mm long||Gingidia harveyana|
|Leaves with segments rhombic, ovate or obovate, more than 7 mm wide; fruit ovate, ± 6 mm long; pedicels in fruit more or less equal, 2–6 mm long||2|
|2||Leaf segments 3-lobed, margins acutely toothed; petioles less than 10 cm long, sheathing base to 4.5 cm long||Gingidia algens|
|Leaf segments not lobed, margins obtusely toothed; petioles usually more than 10 cm long, sheathing base to 8 cm long|
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