Description: Shrubs or small trees, glabrous; stems ± square with 4 prominent ribs.
Leaves opposite with toothed margins, juveniles pinnatisect or pinnatifid, midrib prominent; petiolate or sessile.
Inflorescences simple or compound dichasia in an elongated spike, terminal and lateral. Flowers cream, rarely red, 4-merous, ± sessile or pedicellate; sepals 4, triangular, smooth; petals 4, boat-shaped to flat. Stamens 8; anthers shortly apiculate. Ovary 4-locular, glabrous; styles 4.
Fruit variable in shape, obovoid to obpyramidal, 4 ribbed and winged, pericarp ± spongy.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, endemic Australia. N.S.W., Vic., W.A.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Fruits ovoid, obtusely angled when dry, never strongly ribbed||Haloragodendron gibsonii|
|Fruits obovoid to obpyramidal, strongly angled and ribbed, or winged||2|
|2||Leaves usually 1–1.5 cm long; fruit angled and ribbed||Haloragodendron monospermum|
|Leaves at least 2.5 cm long; hypanthium and fruit distinctly winged|
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|3||Wings conspicuously veined; anthers 2–4 mm long||Haloragodendron baeuerlenii|
|Wings not conspicuously veined; anthers mostly 4–6 mm long|
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