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Genus Polyosma Family Escalloniaceae

Description: Trees or shrubs.

Leaves opposite, subopposite or rarely whorled, simple, margins entire or toothed.

Inflorescences terminal racemes. Calyx 4-toothed. Petals 4, linear, often cohering into a tube and spreading towards apex. Stamens 4. Ovary inferior, 1-locular.

Fruit a 1-seeded berry.


Flowering: March–November

Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 60 spp., Himalayas to Australia. Australia: 6 spp. (endemic), Qld, NSW

This genus may not belong in Escalloniaceae - evidence is equivocal on placement. APGIII places it here rather than in its own family.

Text by KL Wilson (April 2010; Sept 2006); GJ Harden (1992)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW vol. 3 (1992)

One species in NSW: Polyosma cunninghamii

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