Description: Trees or shrubs.
Leaves opposite, petiolate, 3-veined from base and with numerous ± transverse veins, upper surface glabrous, lower surface often distinctly hairy.
Inflorescences axillary, solitary or clustered. Flowers 4-merous. Hypanthium not extending beyond the ovary summit. Sepals free, persistent in fruit. Petals free, obovate to ± circular. Stamens very numerous. Ovary 1-locular; placentas usually 2, parietal, each bearing several ovules; style slender, stigma usually capitate.
Fruit a small berry; seeds few, globose to reniform, testa bony; embryo curved, cotyledons very small.
Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 28 species, China to New Caledonia, Australia. Australia: 13 species (endemic), Qld, N.S.W.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
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|1||Leaves glabrous or with scattered hairs along the veins below||Rhodamnia maideniana|
|Leaves with a distinct indumentum on the lower surface||2|
|2||Lower surface of leaves white with very fine, matted hairs||3|
|Lower surface of leaves pubescent with erect hairs|
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|3||Petals more or less glabrous outside; primary leaf veins 1–3 mm from the margin||Rhodamnia whiteana|
|Petals white-hairy outside; primary leaf veins 4–6 mm from the margin|
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