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Genus Lawrencia Family Malvaceae

Description: Prostrate to erect perennials; glabrous or variously hairy; either plants dioecious or sometimes bisexual flowers mixed with unisexual flowers or all flowers bisexual.

Leaves alternate, often clustered on reduced lateral branches.

Flowers pedunculate to sessile, axillary, solitary or in groups of 2–5, often borne towards the end of branches and forming leafy spikes; unisexual and/or bisexual. Epicalyx absent. Sepals 5, fused for most of their length. Male and bisexual flowers with 5–30 stamens on a filament tube shorter than the petals. Female and bisexual flowers with 2–11 carpels and the same number of style branches; ovules solitary in each carpel.

Fruit a schizocarp with 2–11 dehiscent to indehiscent mericarps.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 12 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States.

Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept:

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Lawrencia spicata

 Key to the species 
1Leaves not clustered on lateral branches, the lower ones petiolate; flowers unisexual or bisexualLawrencia glomerata
Leaves densely clustered on reduced lateral branches, all sessile; flowers unisexualLawrencia squamata

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