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Family: Compositae
Cratystylis

Citation: S. Moore, J. Bot., Lond. 43:138 (1905).

Derivation: Greek kratys, strong; stylos, style; referring to the robust and rigid style.

Synonymy: Stera Ewart & B. Rees, Proc. R.Soc. Vic. n.s. 24:263 (1912).

Common name: None

Description:
Dioecious shrubs with dense non-glandular tomentum; leaves crowded, alternate, sessile, entire, flat.

Capitula terminal, solitary, sessile on leafy branchlets, homogamotis, discoid; involucres narrowly cylindric, similar in male and female capitula; bracts obovate to oblong, coriaceous to scarious, imbricate in 4 or 5 unequal series, ultimately deciduous; receptacle minute, convex, naked; florets of female capitulum filiform; corolla 5-toothed; stamens 4 or 5, free, abortive; style branches elliptic, microscopically papillose, with stigmatic lines extending to the apices; achenes terete, ribbed, glabrous; pappus of free shortly plumose bristles; florets of male capitulum tubular, 5-merous, bisexual, sterile; corolla abruptly dilated above; anthers connate, acute at the base with lanceolate terminal appendages; style branches as in the female florets.

Achenes abortive; pappus of free shortly plumose bristles.

Distribution:  3 species in Australia.

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available


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