Electronic Flora of South Australia family Fact Sheet
Alternative names: Not Applicable
Herbs or shrubs with opposite or alternate entire exstipulate leaves.
Flowers bisexual or unisexual, borne in heads spikes or clusters; perianth regular, sepaloid, tubular (the tube termed a receptacular tube by some authors), with 4 lobes; stamens 2 or 8, inserted within the perianth tube; ovary superior, with 1 pendulous anatropous ovule.
Fruit (in these genera) a 1-seeded nut or occasionally drupaceous.
About 50 genera and 500 species in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Mediterranean and the steppes of Asia; 6 genera and about 100 species native to Australia.
Key to Genera:
Prepared by S. Threlfall