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Genus Proboscidea Family Martyniaceae

Description: Annual or perennial herbs, spreading or prostrate.

Leaves opposite. Racemes terminal, open. Calyx cup-shaped, unequally 5-lobed, split on the lower side to the base. Corolla tubular, 2 lipped, unequally 5-lobed.

Fertile stamens 4. Capsule not spinose, horns as long or longer than the body.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 9 species, tropical & subtropical America. Australia: 2 species (naturalized), Qld, N.S.W., Vic., S.A., W.A.

The record of P. fragrans (Lindley) Decne. for this State has not been substantiated.

Text by A. K. Brooks
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Proboscidea louisianica

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