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Genus Phaleria Family Thymelaeaceae

Description: Shrubs or trees, twigs with 'bootlace' bark.

Leaves opposite, petiolate.

Flowers clustered in terminal or lateral sessile or pedunculate heads, surrounded by an involucre of 4 bracts shorter than the hypanthium. Hypanthium tubular. Sepals mostly 4. Petals absent. Stamens twice as many as the sepals, in 2 rows. Ovary 2-locular, style terminal, elongated.

Fruit a drupe.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 20 species, Malesia, Pacific islands. Australia: 4 species (endemic), Qld, N.S.W.

Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Phaleria chermsideana

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