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Genus Uvaria Family Annonaceae

Description: Woody stem-twining liana or sometimes succulent shrubs, unarmed; nearly all parts bearing stellate or peltate indumentum.

Flowers bisexual, mostly solitary or paired, terminal or leaf opposed following growth of adjacent axillary shoot; pedicels with a medial bract. Sepals valvate at tips, connate. Petals 6(-8) in 2 series, subequal, free or shortly connate at base; inner or both whorls imbricate in bud, usually spreading at anthesis. Stamens wedge-shaped or lineear, sometimes outermost ones sterile. Carpels numerous; ovules few-many; stigma horse-shoe or funnel-shaped with an adaxial slit.

Fruits apocarpus, ellipsoidal to cylindrical, dry or succulent, indehiscent. Seeds few to many.


Distribution and occurrence: World: over 100 species, Asia, Africa, Madagascar. Aust. 10 species (native) Qld, N.Terr., NSW: 1 species.

Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Jessup, L.W. (2007) Annonaceae. Flora of Australia 2: 29

One species in NSW: Uvaria leichhardtii

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