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Myoporaceae


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(emu bushes)

A family of ornamental trees and shrubs, with some timber trees, in which the leaves are alternate or opposite, entire or toothed, often glandular or covered with woolly, glandular, or scaly hairs. The flowers are irregular, axillary, and either solitary or in clusters. The calyx and corolla are both of 5 fused sepals or petals forming a 5-lobed tube. The 4 stamens are fused to the corolla. The ovary is superior, the fruit a drupe, and the seeds have almost no endosperm. Several species are of horticultural interest. The family contains 5 genera, with about 220 species, most of them confined to Australia, but also found in the south Pacific and Indian Ocean islands and S. Africa.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.


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