Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
  • = Greyiaceae

Subshrubs, shrubs or small trees. Lvs alternate, pinnately compound with intrapetiolar, often large, stipules. Infl. racemose. Fls usually ☿, rarely unisexual, zygomorphic. Calyx (4)–5-lobed; segments unequal, imbricate. Petals (4)–5, free, unequal, clawed. Disc not forming a complete ring, lining inside of calyx. Stamens 4–(6), inserted within disc, free or connate, declinate; anthers 2-locular. Ovary 4–5-celled, superior; style 1. Placentation axillary with ovules 1–4 in each cell. Fr. a papery, leathery or woody capsule, with loculicidal dehiscence by 4–5 valves or confined to apex. Seed endospermic.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Melianthaceae
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
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