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; indumentum densely lanate with hairs branched; leaves sessile, decussate; inflorescence a terminal thyrse, often leafy and hence appearing axillary, branched or unbranched, with part-inflorescences pedunculate, elongate and spike-like, or lax, corymbose or pyramidal-paniculate, many-flowered; bracteoles 2; flowers actinomorphic, sessile or subsessile; calyx 5-8(- 9)-lobed, densely woolly; corolla as large as calyx, purple, lobes absent or very minutely 5-8-lobed, rarely more, tube campanulate; stamens 5-8, rarely more, inserted on rim of corolla-tube, exserted, anthers dorsifixed, free and divergent in lower half; ovary unlobed; style with stigma-lobes minute or stigma entire; fruit dry, globose, indehiscent, 1-seeded.  Six species, all endemic to Australia.


Native to:

50 Australia


Walcottia F.Muell., Fragm. 1: 241 (1859).

Pycnolachne Turcz., Bull. Soc. Imp. Naturalistes Moscou 36(2): 215 (1863).


Lachnostachys Hook., Icon. Pl. N.S. 1: 415, t. 414 (1842); Munir, Brunonia 1: 643-679 (1978).


Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew