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Genus Helmholtzia Family Philydraceae

Description: Large caespitose and shortly rhizomatous herbs.

Leaves stiff, glabrous.

Inflorescence paniculate, bracteate, large. Flowers subtended by leaf-like bracts. Perianth usually glabrous, white or pink; margins of outer whorl incurved forming a hooded apex; inner whorl erect or spreading. Stamen 1; anther straight at dehiscence. Ovary 3-locular or imperfectly so, glabrous or hairy; style flexuous; stigma minute, capitate.

Fruit a loculicidal capsule or indehiscent; seeds numerous, striate.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 3 species, Australia & New Guinea. Australia: 2 species (native), Qld, N.S.W.

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Helmholtzia glaberrima

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