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Genus Thryptomene Family Myrtaceae

Description: Shrubs.

Leaves opposite, small, oil glands especially visible on the lower surface.

Inflorescences usually of solitary flowers or pairs of flowers in the leaf axils. Flowers 5- or rarely 6-merous, white or pink. Sepals and petals 6, similar to each other, petaloid, ± circular. Stamens equal to the number of sepals and opposite them or up to twice as many or rarely 15–30. Ovary 1-locular, placenta basal or lateral, ovules 2, or 2 plus 2 and superposed.

Fruit an indehiscent nut; seed usually solitary.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 32 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Thryptomene hexandra

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