Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Sparrmannia L.f., Suppl. Pl. 41 (1782 [1781]) – as Sparmannia

Shrubs or small trees, densely hairy, the hairs often stellate.  Bark tough and stringy.  Lvs cordate, serrate or dentate to deeply palmately lobed. Stipules filiform, persistent.  Fls in terminal or lf-opposed umbel-like cymes in upper axils, bracteate, ☿.  Sepals 4, with simple or stellate hairs.  Petals 4, white, crumpled in bud.  Stamens numerous, < petals; outer stamens sensitive to touch, lacking anthers, with undulate to moniliform filaments;  inner stamens with anthers, the filaments sometimes moniliform and sensitive to touch.  Ovary incompletely 4–(5)-locular;  ovules numerous in each loculus;  stigma toothed or simple.  Fr. capsular, ± globose, 4–(5)-valved, loculicidal, with abundant, rigid, hairy bristles.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Sparrmannia L.f.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Linnaeus, C. von f. 1782: Supplementum Plantarum. Orphanotrophe, Brunswig.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.