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Genus Punica Family Lythraceae

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

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