|Genus Acrothamnus ||Family Ericaceae|
Leaves alternate, spreading, lamina blunt; veins not strongly raised on abaxial surface.
Inflorescences restricted to the ends of the branches, terminal and/or in upper axils, with few to several flowers and terminating in a bud-like rudiment. Flowers subtended by a bract and a pair of keeled bracteoles, corolla lobes hairy.
Distribution and occurrence: At least 5 species in eastern Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, New Guinea and Borneo.
Found on the tops of hills and mountains.
Named from the shrubby habit and the distribution in elevated situations.
Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Quinn, C.J. et al. (2005) Australian Systematic Botany 18, 439-454.
| ||Key to the species|| |
|1||Leaves not strongly discolourous, abaxial surface without lines of papillae between the veins||Acrothamnus maccraei|
|Leaves strongly discolourous, abaxial surface bearing lines of minute papillae between the veins||2|
|2||Gynoecium shorter than the corolla tube, stigma included||Acrothamnus hookeri|
|Gynoecium equal to or longer than the corolla tube|
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