Scientific Name:
Brachyglottis J.R.Forst. & G.Forst., Char. Gen. Pl. t. 46 (1775)
  • = Urostemon B.Nord., Opera Bot. 44: 31-33 (1978)

Pithy, soft-wooded, resinous shrubs, shrub-trees, or trees with cortical stem sclereids; leaves alternate, petiolate, arising from multilacunar nodes, not crowded at the ends of branches; petioles terete in section with a complex internal vasculature; blade pinnatinerved, nerves with a lignified bundle sheath, tomentose below with simple T-shaped hairs; capitula small, heterogamous, discoid, subradiate or radiate, disposed in simple to complex panicles borne terminally on axillary branches; involucral bracts 8(-9) in one whorl; florets 8-17, creamy white; hermaphrodite florets 4-11; corollas actinomorphic, 5-lobed to c. 2/3 way to filament insertion; female florets 4-6 in the outermost whorl; female corollas either tubular and equally 3-5 lobed with staminodes, or subligulate with the inner 1-2 lobes shorter than the outer 2-3 lobed ligule, or ligulate with ligule entire or 2-3 toothed and no longer than the tube; stamen-fllament-collar cylindrical; anther fibrous-layer thickenings polarised; achenes hairy with duplex round-tipped hairs; chromosomes number n=30 (Hair & Beuzenberg 1959) for B. repanda J. R. et G. Forst. and variety fragrans (syn. B. rangiora Hort.)

[Reproduced from Drury (1973, New Zealand J. Bot. 11: 731-784) with permission from The Royal Society of New Zealand.]

Indigenous (Non-endemic)
Number of species and named hybrids in New Zealand within Brachyglottis J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.
Indigenous (Endemic)26
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