Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Plagianthus J.R.Forst. & G.Forst., Char. Gen. Pl., ed. 2. 85 (1776)
Synonymy:
  • = Philippodendrum Poit., Annales des Sciences Naturelles; Botanique sér. 2 Ser. 2, 8: 183 (1837)
 Description

Fls small, unisexual to perfect, in axillary or terminal cymes or solitary; bracts small, distant from calyx, or 0. Calyx 5-toothed; petals 5, small. Staminal column divided at apex into ∞ stamens. Ovary 1–5-loculed, ovules 1 per locule; styles 1–5, stigmatic on inner side. Fr. of 1–5 carpels, ind. or dehiscing irregularly. Seed solitary in each locule, pend. Trees or shrubs with c. 15 spp. of Australia and N.Z. The N.Z. spp. endemic. The reticulate bast fibres not so striking as in Hoheria.

[From:  Allan (1961) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 1.]

 Biostatus
Indigenous (Endemic)
Number of species in New Zealand within Plagianthus J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.
CategoryNumber
Indigenous (Endemic)2
Total2
 Bibliography
Annales des Sciences Naturelles; Botanique sér. 2
Forster, J.R.; Forster, G. 1776: Characteres Generum Plantarum quas in Itinere ad Insulas Maris Australis Collegerunt, Descripserunt, Delinearunt, Annis. Edition 2. White, Cadell & Elmsley, London.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.
Melville, R. 1966: Contributions to the Flora of Australia: VII. Generic Delimitation in the Plagianthus Complex. Kew Bulletin 20: 511–516.