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Family: Convolvulaceae

Citation: R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 490 (1810).

Derivation: After John Wilson, 1696-1751, author of "A Synopsis of British Plants" published in 1744.

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Perennial subshrubs with prostrate or weakly ascending stems; leaves small, entire, fleshy.

Flowers 5-or rarely 6-merous, axillary, solitary, more or less sessile, ebracteate; calyx tubular-campanulate, lobes shorter than the tube, bearded inside; corolla salver-shaped, glabrous, with hooded and recurved lobes, imbricate in the bud and with induplicate margins; stamens inserted near the top of the corolla tube; filaments terete, glabrous; anthers twisting after dehiscing; ovary glabrous, partly or completely 2-celled, with 2 ovules per cell; style 1, 2-fid with capitate or ovoid stigmas.

Capsule obovoid, shorter than the calyx, indehiscent; seeds 1 or 2.

Distribution:  3 species endemic to Australia.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Corolla tube much longer than the calyx; plants more or less glabrous
W. backhousei 1.
1. Corolla tube about as long as the calyx; plants hairy
2. Plants with appressed hairs; leaves concave, imbricate and distichous
W. humilis 2.
2. Plants with spreading hairs; leaves flat, not imbricate
W. rotundifolia 3.

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