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Genus Malacocera Family Chenopodiaceae

Description: Erect or spreading annuals or short-lived perennials with hairy branches.

Leaves alternate, sessile, linear, appressed or spreading, hairy.

Flowers solitary or paired, axillary, bisexual or female. Perianth segments 5, hairy. Stamens 5. Styles 2 or 3.

Fruiting perianth with 3–5 tepaline appendages; appendages flattened or filiform, not hardened, hairy, 3 usually larger than the remainder (if any). Seed horizontal, perisperm abundant.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 4 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all mainland States.

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

 Key to the species 
1Flowers paired in leaf axils; appendages linear, 2.5–4.5 mm long, filiformMalacocera albolanata
Flowers solitary in axils; appendages semiterete, 3.5–6.0 mm longMalacocera tricornis

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