2. L. macrophyllum
family is now often considered to be part of Malvaceae. It is
represented in Tasmania by four native species of Lasiopetalum.
The species of Lasiopetalum are shrubs with rusty brown stellate hairs on the stems, leaves
and sepals. The flowers are simple but distinctive: the conspicuous
parts are the five
free sepals, which are often mistaken for petals. The five petals
are tiny coloured (usually red) structures at the bases of the stamens. The
five stamens are more or less
cylindrical and open by terminal pores. The ovary is superior and
develops into a capsule opening by four or five slits.