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Genus Neatostema Family Boraginaceae

Description: Annual herbs; hairs stiff.

Leaves alternate, sessile.

Inflorescence terminal, of 1 or more monochasial cymes; flowers sessile, bracteate. Sepals shortly fused at the base. Corolla actinomorphic, cylindrical with hairs both inside and out. Stamens inserted towards the base of the tube; anthers on very short filaments with a minute appendage. Ovary 4-lobed; style as long as stamens; stigma 2-lobed.

Mericarps beaked, outer surface smooth, inner surface tuberculate, splitting from a low, broad gynobase.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 species Mediterranean region. Australia: 1 species (naturalised).

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Neatostema apulum

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