Key to Tasmanian Dicots
1. Stenanthemum pimeleoides
2. Spyridium vexilliferum
3. Pomaderris elliptica
4. Cryptandra exilis
This family of trees and shrubs is another relatively prominent component of Tasmania's native scleromorphic flora. Most species occur in heath or dry sclerophyll, but Pomaderris apetala is a major component of wet sclerophyll vegetation and one species (Cryptandra alpina) is alpine. The plants often have the smaller stems and undersides of the leaves covered a pale or rusty indumentum of hairs. The leaves are mostly alternate (apart from Discaria with its distinctive spinous stems). Some species have narrow (linear) leaves, but most species have more or less ovate or elliptical leaves with obvious veins. The flowers are often small and are sometime grouped in heads, which have conspicuous pale bracts. The five sepals are usually free, spreading and conspicuous. The petals are small or absent and often form small hoods over the stamens. In Cryptandra and Stenanthemum the floral disc is extended into hypanthium that can resemble a corolla tube. The sepals, petals and stamens are attached to the top of this tube.
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