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Genus Leycesteria Family Caprifoliaceae

Description: Deciduous shrubs.

Leaves opposite, simple; stipules very small or absent.

Inflorescences erect or drooping, flowers in whorled spikes surrounded by leafy bracts that persist in fruit. Calyx unequally 5-lobed, persistent in fruit. Corolla funnel-shaped, nearly equally 5-lobed and swollen at base. Stamens 5, inserted on corolla tube. Ovary inferior, 5–8-locular; stigma capitate.

Fruit a berry, many-seeded.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, Himalaya Mtns, China. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Leycesteria formosa

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