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Family: Pittosporaceae

Citation: Cunn. ex Brongn., in Duperrey, Voy. la Coquille t. 77 (1834).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: Hand flowers.

Spreading shrubs or twiners with sometimes flexuous branches; leaves linear, lanceolate to obovate, alternate or clustered.

Flowers solitary or in corymbs, axillary or terminal, pedicellate; sepals free or cohering at' the base, more or less unequal in size; petals purple to blue or rarely white, imbricate, obovate or lanceolate, apex obtuse and apiculate; stamens free, turned to one side of the ovary; anthers linear-sagittate, opening by terminal pores; filaments broad at the base, equal in length to the anthers; ovary shortly stipitate, glabrous or glabrescent, 2- or 3-celled; style glabrous, curved; placentation parietal; ovules numerous.

Capsules linear to obovoid, dehiscent, splitting longitudinally into 2 or occasionally 3 valves, brown or blue when mature; seeds many, smooth, dark-brown or black, shining.

Distribution:  Endemic to Australia; 5 species in all States except N.T. and Tas.

Biology: No text

Key to Species:
1. Subshrub; flowers up to 11 in corymbs
C. alternifolia 1.
1. Slender twiner; flowers solitary
C. volubilis 2.

Author: Not yet available

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