Callicarpa L.

Beauty Berry

Greek kallos — beauty, karpos — fruit.

Shrubs or small trees, often with star-shaped hairs. Leaves simple, decussate, entire or toothed or scalloped, stalked; stipules absent. Flower clusters in the axils of the upper leaves, stalked and sometimes branched. Flowers regular, small. Calyx tubular to bell-shaped, persistent on the fruit. Corolla 4-lobed. Stamens 4, generally protruding. Ovary of 2 chambers, with 2 ovules in each chamber. Fruit a small, fleshy, often brightly coloured drupe containing 4 seeds.

Seed or division.

Some species have medicinal uses, others have been used as fish poisons.

Flowers regular.

About 140 tropical and subtropical species. Australia has 2 endemic species.

Munir (1982).

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Verbenaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. 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      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Callicarpa bodinieri Lév.