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Genus Gunniopsis Family Aizoaceae

Description: Annual herbs or perennial shrubs.

Leaves opposite, fused, sessile.

Inflorescence a thyrse but the leaf-like bracts subtending each flower make them appear solitary and terminal. Perianth segments 4, often fused in the lower third. Stamens 4–numerous, either evenly distributed around the ovary or in 4 bundles alternating with the perianth segments. Ovary often 4-ribbed; carpels 4; stigmas filiform, sessile.

Fruit a capsule with 4 valves that may split on opening; seeds numerous, variously ornamented.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 14 spp., endemic Aust., mainland drier regions, Qld, N.S.W., N.T., S.A., W.A.

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & J. Highet
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Stamens 4–8; ephemeral herbGunniopsis septifraga
Stamens 30 or more; ephemerals or perennials2
2Perennial shrub; leaves linear, more or less terete; stamens in 4 bundles; perianth greenish whiteGunniopsis quadrifida
Annual or ephemeral herb; leaves oblong to oblanceolate, flattened; stamens in a continuous ring; perianth yellow
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Gunniopsis papillata

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