Description: Shrubs to small trees, with stellate hairs, unarmed.
Leaves opposite, simple, margins entire or crenate.
Inflorescences axillary or terminal, cymose. Flowers bisexual. Sepals fused into an unlobed or 4-lobed cup. Petals 4, valvate, largely fused into a tubular corolla or sometimes separating, persistent or not persistent in fruit. Stamens 8, free, erect. Carpels 4, basally fused, lacking a sterile apex; styles fused, arising from about the middle of the carpels; stigma scarcely differentiated from style; ovules 2 in each carpel.
Fruit of 1–4 cocci; cocci not transversely ridged, with rounded apices; seeds released forcibly from dehiscing cocci, dull, brown.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 11 species, endemic Australia. Australia: all States except N.T.
Varietes are recognized but these cannot be easily delineated as they intergrade with each other and each hybridizes with other species in the area.
Text by M. F. Porteners & P. H. Weston
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|1||Corolla white or very pale pink, less than 13 mm long, lobes splitting to base and more or less spreading||Correa alba|
|Corolla green to red, more than 15 mm long, tube rarely splitting to base||2|
|2||Filaments somewhat dilated at base; anthers oblong to lanceolate, the margins not recurved after dehiscence; corolla not persistent in fruit||3|
|Filaments scarcely broadened at base; anthers lanceolate with margins recurved after dehiscence (at least when dry); corolla persistent in fruit|
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|3||Leaves with upper surface smooth to slightly rough, base cordate, or if not cordate then slightly rough; flowers usually red and green, rarely only green; anthers partly to fully exserted||Correa reflexa|
|Leaves with upper surface smooth, base rounded to cuneate; flowers pale green; anthers well exserted|
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|4||Calyx rounded at the base without any protuberance, cup-shaped||Correa lawrenceana|
|Calyx with a short cup-shaped outgrowth at the base, shaped like an inverted chef's hat|
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