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Genus Gymnostachys Family Araceae

Description: Evergreen herbs, rhizomatous.

Leaves distichous, with longitudinal venation.

Inflorescences multiple, perennial, usually much longer than the leaves, branches of peduncle themselves condensed and branched. Spadices spathe-less, stalked, clustered, distichous, each subtended by a prophyll, often in all stages of development at any time of the year. Flowers 2-merous, bisexual. Tepals 4, scale-like. Stamens 4, opposite tepals.

Fruit a 1-seeded berry.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 species, endemic Australia. Australia: 1 species, endemic.

There is some doubt as to whether Gymnostachys belongs in this family.

Text by A. Hay
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Gymnostachys anceps

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