Babingtonia Lindl.

Commemorating Charles Cardale Babington (1808–95), Professor of Botany, University of Cambridge, UK.

Hairless shrubs with prominent stem flanges. Leaves opposite, margins entire, finely round-toothed or lobed. Flower clusters axillary, solitary or 3-7 on a common stalk. Flowers 5-parted. Sepals mostly compound. Petals white. Stamens 3-15, free, shorter than the petals, usually 1 opposite each sepal and shorter that the rest, which are scattered. Filaments with an elbow; anthers rigid on filaments and opening by pores or small slits. Ovary 3-chambered with 4-18 ovules per chamber. Fruit a woody capsule with persistent sepals.

A genus reinstated in 1997 for many species formerly in Baeckea, which now contains only species with 2-chambered ovaries.

16 species from Malesia, New Caledonia and E Australia.

Seed or cuttings.

Closely allied to Baeckea but with ovary of 3 chambers; anthers attached at the base and opening by pores or small slits; sepals mostly compound. B. crenulata (F.Muell.) A.R. Bean from Mt Buffalo National Park in Vic has finely round-toothed leaves and white flowers, while B. densifolia (Sm.) F. Muell. from Qld and NSW has linear, cylindrical leaves and white flowers.

Bean (1997b, 1999).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Myrtaceae. 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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Myrtales
family       Myrtaceae