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Family: Chenopodiaceae
Eriochiton

Citation: A.J. Scott, Reprium nov. Spec. Regni veg. 89:119 (1978).

Derivation: Greek erion, wool; chiton, covering; alluding to the woolly perianth.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Small woolly shrub; leaves alternate, sessile, linear, somewhat fleshy.

Flowers bisexual, solitary and axillary, perianth cup-shaped, 5-lobed, fleshy in the lower half; stamens 5, glabrous; stigmas 2, slender.

Fruiting perianth subglobular, hard, densely woolly, with a (radicular) split running almost to the base on one side, faintly ribbed; appendages in two series: inner appendages 5, erect, oblong, deeply divided, arising from the base of the perianth lobes; outer appendages 5, spreading, spinescent, arising from the base of the inner appendages; seed thick, horizontal; testa membranous; embryo circular, with a centrifugal radicle; perisperm central, copious.

Distribution:  Monotypic; central and western temperate Australia.

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available


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