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Genus Rhagodia Family Chenopodiaceae

Description: Dioecious shrubs.

Leaves opposite or alternate, simple, entire or lobed, usually with vesicular hairs.

Inflorescence paniculate or reduced and spike-like. Flowers usually unisexual. Perianth segments 5, usually with vesicular hairs on the outer surface, smooth on the inner surface. Male flowers with 5 stamens, usually united at the base into a thickened disc; rudimentary gynoecium minute. Female flowers with or without staminodes; ovary glabrous; stigmas 2, ± sessile.

Fruit a red or yellow berry; pericarp fleshy; seed horizontal; testa crustaceous, black, smooth to finely wrinkled or reticulate; embryo annular; perisperm copious.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 11 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States.

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves c. 3 mm long; intricately branched spinescent shrub to 1 m highRhagodia ulicina
Leaves more than 5 mm long; plants spinescent or not2
2Leaves mealy when young, becoming scaly and covered with a silvery sheen; plants of coastal habitatsRhagodia candolleana
Leaves mealy with vesicular hairs; plants of inland or non-coastal habitats
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3
3Indumentum of spherical or saucer-shaped vesicular hairsRhagodia spinescens
Indumentum of irregularly shaped vesicular hairs
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Rhagodia parabolica

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