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Genus Nematolepis Family Rutaceae

Description: Shrubs or small trees, with scales, unarmed; branchlets smooth or warty.

Leaves alternate, simple, glandular-punctate, margins ± entire, flat or recurved.

Inflorescences axillary or terminal, cymose or flowers solitary; bracteoles 2, near middle of pedicel or apical. Flowers bisexual, 5-merous. Sepals free, imbricate. Petals 5, imbricate or united, glabrous or scaly. Stamens 10, free; filaments flattened terete, glabrous or basally stellate-hairy; anthers versatile, apex not glandular. Carpels 5, ± free, with a short sterile apex; styles fused, arising from about the middle of the carpels; stigma scarcely lobed; ovules 2 in each carpel.

Fruit of 1–5 cocci; cocci not transversely ridged, with a rounded or beaked apex; seeds broad-ellipsoid to sub-reniform, 2–2.5 mm long, smooth, shiny.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 7 spp., endemic Aust., Qld, N.S.W., Vic., Tas., W.A.

Text by P.H. Weston & G.J. Harden
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves >15 mm long, elliptic to broad-elliptic or ± ovate.2
Leaves <15 mm long, ovate to broad-obovate or broad-elliptic.3
2Leaves obtuse to acuminate; ovary glabrous.Nematolepis squamea
Leaves retuse; ovary with silvery scales.
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Nematolepis elliptica
3Leaves broad-ovate to broad-elliptic, apex obtuse to rounded, sometimes acute; bracteoles 2, ovate, grading into sepals, 1–1.5 mm long; ovary scaly.Nematolepis ovatifolia
Leaves obovate, apex obcordate; bracteoles 0–2, narrow-oblong, <1 mm long; ovary glabrous.
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Nematolepis rhytidophylla

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