Geissois Labill.

Greek geisson — projecting tiles on a roof; referring to the ‘tiled’, overlapping arrangement of 2 rows of seed in the fruit.

Description:: Trees. Leaves compound, palmate, with 3-5 leaflets, the margins generally toothed; stipules prominent at first, with 4 at each node. Flowers in axillary clusters. Sepals 4-5, fused at the base. Petals absent. Stamens numerous. Ovary superior, with 2 chambers and containing numerous ovules. Fruit a capsule.

Grown in warm-climate gardens for the reddish new growth and attractive leaves.

20 rainforest species from Australia (2 species endemic), New Caledonia, Fiji and Vanuatu.


Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Cunoniaceae. 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      Oxalidales
family       Cunoniaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Geissois benthamii F.Muell.