Description: Shrubs, branches usually rusty-tomentose.
Leaves simple, entire or almost so, or toothed; stipules narrow, often falling early.
Flowers bisexual, in terminal or leaf-opposed cymes. Calyx 5–lobed, mostly divided to nearly the base, pubescent on at least the outer surface, enlarged and often papery, coloured blue to purplish or white, persistent in fruit. Petals absent or scale-like. Stamens 5, alternating with the sepals; filaments 0.5–2 mm long, anthers opening by longitudinal slits; staminodes 5, ± linear, alternating with and shortly united with the stamens at the base. Ovary sessile, densely hairy, 5-locular; styles 5, fused at the apex.
Capsule furrowed between the carpels or carpels distinct; seeds 1–many in each loculus.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 8 species, Australia, New Guinea & Madagascar. Australia: 7 species, Qld, N.S.W., N.T., S.A., W.A.
Text by G. J. Harden
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|1||Leaves more than 20 mm wide, distinctly toothed; calyx white||Keraudrenia corollata|
|Leaves less than 20 mm wide, mostly entire or almost so, sometimes minutely toothed; calyx blue to purplish, sometimes white||2|
|2||Cymes 2–5-flowered; leaves linear to lanceolate, mostly more than 3 cm long, apex acute; bracts narrow, falling early||3|
|Cymes 8–15-flowered; leaves mostly oblong and less than 3 cm long, rarely lanceolate and to 5 cm long, apex obtuse; bracts ovate, shed early|
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|3||Leaves lanceolate, margins usually finely toothed; petiole 2–5 mm long||Keraudrenia corollata|
|Leaves mostly linear, sometimes lanceolate, margins not toothed; petiole 5–10 mm long|
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