Wittsteinia F.Muell.

Commemorating Dr G.C. Wittstein of Ansbach, Germany, the author of an etymological dictionary much used by Ferdinand von Mueller.

Shrubs, sometimes epiphytic. Leaves alternate, more or less opposite or in whorls, entire or toothed. Flowers solitary or in clusters in the leaf axils. Petals fused to form a barrel or urn shape with the petal lobes scalloped or fringed. Stamens free or fused to the petals. Ovary inferior or half-inferior, with 2-3 chambers. Fruit with sepals persistent.

Grown for the interesting foliage and unusual greenish bell-like flowers.

3 species, 1 endemic to Australia, the others in Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia.


Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Alseuosmiaceae. 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     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Alseuosmiaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Wittsteinia vacciniacea F.Muell.