Description: Shrubs or small trees; branchlets sometimes spinescent.
Leaves usually opposite or fasciculate, entire.
Flowers terminal, solitary or a few clustered. Calyx and corolla 5–7-lobed. Stamens numerous.
Fruit a spherical berry, with a leathery rind, crowned with persistent calyx. Seeds numerous.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 2 species, native across southern Eurasia; Australia: 1 species (naturalised).
Formerly in family Punicaceae.
Text by (adapted from) P.S. Green, Flora of Australia Vol. 49: 202-203 (1994)
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed June 2017)
|One species in NSW: Punica granatum|