Subordinate Taxa
 Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Thymelaeaceae
 Description

Shrubs, trees or rarely herbs;  bark usually very tough.  Lvs opposite or alternate, simple, exstipulate.  Infl. a terminal bracteate head, spike or raceme, rarely fls solitary.  Fls actinomorphic or nearly so, usually ☿, sometimes unisexual.  Calyx with tubular hypanthium, often petaloid, often swollen below, with 4–5 imbricate lobes.  Petals 4–12 or 0, scale-like, inserted at mouth of calyx tube or within it.  Stamens 1-numerous, usually as many as or twice as many as calyx lobes.  Hypogynous disc annular, or of separate scales, or 0.  Ovary superior, positioned at base of calyx tube but free from it, 1–2-locular, with 1 ovule to each locule.  Fr. usually a drupe or nut, very rarely a capsule.

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

 Biostatus
Number of species in New Zealand within Thymelaeaceae
CategoryNumber
Indigenous (Endemic)44
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Exotic: Casual3
Total48
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