Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Hydrangeaceae Dumort.

Herbs or softly woody shrubs, rarely climbers.  Lvs usually opposite, rarely alternate, simple;  stipules 0.  Fls in cymes, panicles or corymbs, regular, 4–5-merous, usually ☿, sometimes sterile with enlarged petal-like sepals.  Calyx 5-merous;  tube ± adnate to ovary; sepals imbricate.  Petals 4–5, free, contorted or valvate.  Stamens twice as many as petals or numerous;  anthers basi- or medifixed, 2-locular. Ovary 2–6-locular or incompletely so, 1/2 to fully inferior;  styles as many as loculi, free or partly connate;  ovules numerous on axile or intrusive parietal placentas, anatropous.  Fr. a loculicidal capsule;  seeds numerous, small, sometimes winged and reticulate.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species and named hybrids in New Zealand within Hydrangeaceae Dumort.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised2
Exotic: Casual2
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