Cryptandra

Bitter cryptandra Cryptandra amara, copyright John Tann.

Belongs within: Rhamnaceae.

Cryptandra is an Australian genus of mostly heath-like shrubs.

Characters (from Harden 1990): Shrubs, mostly heath-like, branchlets often short and spinose. Leaves alternate, generally small and often clustered, lower surface usually whitish tomentose but often concealed by revolute margins. Flowers more or less sessile, crowded at ends of branchlets into spike-like inflorescences or clustered into small heads, each flower surrounded by persistent brown bracts. Flowers usually small, mostly hairy without, glabrous within. Hypanthium tubular, more or less fused to base of ovary but free and produced above ovary and disc, persistent. Sepals short or more or less equal to length of hypanthium, persistent. Petals hooded, usually enclosing anthers. Anthers usually more or less sessile on rim of hypanthium. Disc annular. Capsule enclosed in base of hypanthium.

<==Cryptandra
|–C. amara C08
|    |–C. a. var. amara H90
|    |–C. a. var. floribunda H90
|    `–C. a. var. longiflora H90
|–C. arbutiflora OS04
|    |–C. a. ssp. arbutiflora GK00
|    `–C. a. ssp. minor GK00
|–C. buxifolia H90
|–C. ericifolia M87
|–C. ericoides H90
|–C. intonsa G04
|–C. intratropica LK14
|–C. lanosiflora H90
|–C. leucophracta H90
|–C. longistaminea H90
|–C. minutifolia G04
|–C. mutila KM08
|–C. myriantha OS04
|–C. propinqua H90
|–C. pungens OS04
|–C. scortechinii [=Stenanthemum scortechinii] H90
|–C. spinescens H90
|–C. spyridioides G04
`–C. wilsonii G04

*Type species of generic name indicated

REFERENCES

[C08] Cambage, R. H. 1908. Notes on the native flora of New South Wales. Part VI. Deepwater to Torrington and Emmaville. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 33 (1): 45–65, pls 1–2.

[G04] Gibson, N. 2004. Flora and vegetation of the Eastern Goldfields Ranges: part 7. Middle and South Ironcap, Digger Rock and Hatter Hill. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 87 (2): 49–62.

[GK00] Gibson, N., & G. J. Keighery. 2000. Flora and vegetation of the Byenup-Muir reserve system, south-west Western Australia. CALMScience 3 (3): 323–402.

[H90] Harden, G. J. (ed.) 1990. Flora of New South Wales vol. 1. New South Wales University Press.

[KM08] Keighery, G. J., & W. Muir. 2008. Vegetation and vascular flora of Faure Island, Shark Bay, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 75: 11–19.

[LK14] Lyons, M. N., G. J. Keighery, L. A. Gibson & T. Handasyde. 2014. Flora and vegetation communities of selected islands off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 81: 205–244.

[M87] Mueller, F. von. 1887. Some hitherto undescribed plants of New South Wales. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (4): 1105–1110.

[OS04] Obbens, F. J., & L. W. Sage. 2004. Vegetation and flora of a diverse upland remnant of the Western Australian wheatbelt (Nature Reserve A21064). Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 87 (1): 19–28.

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