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Genus Lissanthe Family Ericaceae
Subfamily Epacridoideae

Description: Erect to spreading or bushy shrubs; branchlets scabrous to pubescent.

Leaves ovate or oblong, usually discolorous, with few parallel veins, and with mucronate or aristate tip; margins ± entire; petiolate.

Flowers 1–9 together, sometimes more, in terminal and upper axillary inflorescences with bud-like rudiment, each flower pedicellate with a subtending bract and 2 bracteoles remote from the sepals. Bracts, bracteoles and the 5 sepals with ciliolate margins. Corolla tube urceolate to cylindrical, hairy inside above the middle; lobes triangular, valvate in bud, later erect to spreading, glabrous to villous inside. Stamens with filaments short, terete, inserted at the throat; anthers half-exserted or visible between the erect lobe bases. Nectary annular. Ovary 3–9-locular, with 1 ovule per loculus; style cylindrical, papillose or pubescent, long or short; stigma small, lobed.

Fruit a drupe, with pulpy mesocarp and bony endocarp.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States except N.T.

Text by J. M. Powell, except for groups with contributors listed
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves lanceolate to more or less linear, less than 1.5 mm wide, strongly 3-ribbed on lower surfaceLissanthe strigosa
Leaves oblong, lanceolate or oblanceolate, usually more than 1.5 mm wide, more than 3-ribbed or striate-veined on lower surfaceLissanthe sapida

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