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This genus is accepted, and its native range is NE. & E. Tropical Africa, Australasia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Urticaceae, I. Friis University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herbs with prostrate and erect or ascending stems; monoecious, but with unisexual inflorescences
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate or opposite, petiolate; cystoliths punctiform or linear; stipules lateral, free, or, in case of the leaves being opposite, partly fused to form interpetiolar stipules; lamina serrate or crenate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts absent or minute, at the bases of only the ♂ flowers
sex Male
Male inflorescences pedunculate in the axils of the upper leaves: ♂ flowers in a whorl at the end of the peduncle, (l–)2–4(–5); perianth conically fused at the base, unequally lobed in the upper part, the tip of the longer lobe inflexed at first, later reflexed, enclosing the single stamen; stamen at first inflexed, later reflexed; rudimentary ovary absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Female inflorescences usually axillary, usually below the ♂ inflorescences, consisting of a sessile cluster of 1–5 flowers; perianth tubular, with ± 5 obtuse teeth at the apex, surrounding the erect ovary which is terminated by a filiform style Male inflorescences pedunculate in the axils of the upper leaves: ♂ flowers in a whorl at the end of the peduncle, (l–)2–4(–5); perianth conically fused at the base, unequally lobed in the upper part, the tip of the longer lobe inflexed at first, later reflexed, enclosing the single stamen; stamen at first inflexed, later reflexed; rudimentary ovary absent
sex Female
Female inflorescences usually axillary, usually below the ♂ inflorescences, consisting of a sessile cluster of 1–5 flowers; perianth tubular, with ± 5 obtuse teeth at the apex, surrounding the erect ovary which is terminated by a filiform style
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achene ovate, enclosed in the persistent perianth.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, New South Wales, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria

Australina Gaudich. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Voy. Uranie: 505 (1830)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Engl. in E. & P. Pf. 3(1): 117 (1888)
  • Friis & Wilmot-Dear in Nordic Journ. Bot. 8: 53 (1988)
  • G.F.P. 2: 194 (1967)
  • G.P. 3: 394 (1880)
  • in Freyc, Voy. Monde, Bot.: 505 (1830)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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