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.

|--C. amaraC08
| |--C. a. var. amaraH90
| |--C. a. var. floribundaH90
| `--C. a. var. longifloraH90
|--C. arbutifloraOS04
| |--C. a. ssp. arbutifloraGK00
| `--C. a. ssp. minorGK00
|--C. buxifoliaH90
|--C. ericifoliaM87
|--C. ericoidesH90
|--C. intonsaG04
|--C. intratropicaLK14
|--C. lanosifloraH90
|--C. leucophractaH90
|--C. longistamineaH90
|--C. minutifoliaG04
|--C. mutilaKM08
|--C. myrianthaOS04
|--C. nudifloraK90
|--C. propinquaH90
|--C. pungensOS04
|--C. scortechinii [=Stenanthemum scortechinii]H90
|--C. spinescensH90
|--C. spyridioidesG04
`--C. wilsoniiG04

*Type species of generic name indicated


[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.

[K90] Keighery, G. J. 1990. Vegetation and flora of Shark Bay, Western Australia. In: Berry, P. F., S. D. Bradshaw & B. R. Wilson (eds) Research in Shark Bay: Report of the France-Australe Bicentenary Expedition Committee pp. 61–87. Western Australian Museum.

[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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