Lasiopetalum Sm.

Velvet Bush

Greek lasios—shaggy-haired; petalon—leaf or petal; referring to the hairy sepals.

Woody shrubs. Leaves densely hairy below; venation pinnate; stalks short. Flowers bisexual in axillary or terminal clusters, stalked or not. Epicalyx of 1-3 more or less linear segments. Sepals petal-like, fused at the base. Petals 5, small, scale-like. Stamens 5, free; anthers close together at the tips. Ovary 3-chambered, 2 ovules in each.

About 40 species endemic to Australia.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Sterculiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
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Subordinate taxa
species         Lasiopetalum baueri Steetz