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Genus Waterhousea Family Myrtaceae

Description: Trees.

Leaves opposite, venation evident, petiolate to almost sessile.

Inflorescences terminal or in upper axils, panicles. Flowers 4- or 5-merous. Calyx lobes small. Petals ± circular. Stamens numerous, usually short; anthers dorsifixed, versatile, lobes parallel. Ovary ± inferior, 2-locular; ovules pendent from a placenta at the top of the axis; style about as long as the stamens, stigma small.

Fruit a firm berry, globose to depressed-globose with the persistent, unexpanded free portion of the hypanthium remaining at apex; seed solitary, testa apparently absent, cotyledons fused with a dark intercotyledonary inclusion connected to the base of the fruit.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 4 species, endemic Australia. Australia: Qld, N.S.W.

Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Waterhousea floribunda

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