Subordinate Taxa
Scientific Name:
Sherardia L., Sp. Pl. 102 (1753)

Prostrate or semi-prostrate annual herb, with 4-angled stems.  Lvs and leaflike stipules similar, in whorls of 4–6, sessile.  Fls small, usually ☿, possibly sometimes unisexual, few, in small terminal heads surrounded by 8–10 involucral bracts.  Calyx 4–6-lobed;  lobes appearing as distinct sepals, persistent.  Corolla 4-lobed, funnelform.  Stamens 4, short and < corolla lobes.  Ovary 2-celled;  ovules 1 per cell;  style 2-fid with unequal branches;  stigmas capitate.  Fr. dry, of 2, 1-seeded mericarps, hairy.

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

Number of species in New Zealand within Sherardia L.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Linnaeus, C. 1753: Species Plantarum. Impensis Laurentii Salvii, Stockholm.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.