IV. Subfam. Prostantheroideae Luerssen (1882).

Subfam. Chloranthoideae Briq. (1895).

Subfam. Chloranthoideae Briq. (1895).

Dicrastylidaceae Drummond ex Harvey (1855), nom. inval.

Verbenaceae tribe Viticeae subtribe Chloanthinae Benth. (1870).

Verbenaceae tribe Chloantheae Benth. (1895).

Stilbaceae subfam. Chloanthoideae Briq.: sensu Moldenke (1959).


IV. 1. Tribe Chlorantheae Benth. & Hook. f. (1876).


Shrubs or subshrubs; branches round in cross-section, mostly glutinous; leaves sessile or petiolate, decussate; inflorescence terminal, cymose, openly paniculate, or with flowers on leafy branches (hence appearing axillary), part-inflorescences 1 to many-flowered; bracteoles 2; calyx broadly campanulate, 5-lobed or distally sinuately toothed; corolla deep blue to dark purple, zygomorphic, 5-lobed, anterior lobe larger than other 4, tube broadly campanulate; stamens 4, inserted near base of corolla-tube, exserted; anthers with thecae free in lower half; ovary unlobed; style with stigma-lobes minute and often unequal; fruit dry, hard, indehiscent, usually oblique, surrounded by enlarged calyx, 1- or 2-seeded.  Five species, all endemic in Australia.


Native to:

50 Australia


Bunnya F.Muell., Fragm. 5: 36 (1865). 


Cyanostegia Turcz., Bull. Soc. Nat. Mosc. 22(2): 35 (1849); Munir, Brunonia 1: 46-67 (1978).


Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew