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Genus Ochrosperma Family Myrtaceae

Description: Shrubs, glabrous.

Leaves opposite, margins entire, shortly petiolate.

Inflorescences axillary, flowers solitary or in pairs on a common peduncle; bracteoles caducous or persistent. Flowers 5-merous, white or faintly flushed with pink. Calyx lobes strongly keeled, persistent in fruit. Petals free. Stamens 5, opposite the sepals; anthers tipped with a globose or cylindrical gland. Ovary half-inferior, 3-locular; 2 ovules in each loculus, placentation axile,; style inserted in a pit on the ovary summit; stigma capitate.

Fruit a loculicidal capsule, barely exserted from the hypanthium, 3-valved, valves opening widely on dehiscence; seeds reniform, arillate, yellowish, papillose.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 5 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, straightOchrosperma lineare
Leaves elliptic to obovate, usually recurved2
2Leaves strongly lemon-scented, 1.5–3 mm long; flowers c. 2.5 mm diamOchrosperma citriodorum
Leaves not lemon-scented, 2.5–5.5 mm long; flowers 3.5–5 mm diam
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Ochrosperma oligomerum

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