Persoonia Sm.


Commemorating Christiaan Hendrik Persoon (1755–1837), a S African-born mycologist and botanist.

Trees, shrubs or prostrate creepers. Leaves mostly alternate, occasionally opposite or in whorls of 3 or 4, simple, entire, stalked or not. Flower clusters terminal or axillary. Flowers mostly symmetrical, solitary in the leaf axils or in short axillary or terminal clusters, mostly yellow but occasionally with red, white or green markings.Tepals shortly coherent at the base.ovary mostly with 2 ovules. Fruit a 1-2-seeded drupe.

98 species Australia-wide, endemic, mostly subtropical.

Seed and cuttings.

Style not swollen to form a pollen presenter; fruit a drupe.

Source: Spencer, R.; Molyneux, B.; Mathews, D. (2002). Proteaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Proteanae
order      Proteales
family       Proteaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Persoonia chamaepeuce Meisn.
species         Persoonia chamaepitys A.Cunn.
species         Persoonia confertiflora Benth.
species         Persoonia gunnii Hook.f.
species         Persoonia levis (Cav.) Domin
species         Persoonia linearis Andrews
species         Persoonia pinifolia R.Br.