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; branches round in cross-section; indumentum densely lanate with hairs branched; leaves sessile, decussate; inflorescence terminal, thyrsoid, elongate, dense and spike-like, with part-inflorescences shortly pedunculate or sessile, congested to form decussate clusters, 1- to few-flowered; bracteoles 2; flowers actinomorphic, sessile or shortly pedicellate; calyx 4-lobed, densely hairy on outer surface; corolla ochraceous-yellow to yellow, 4-lobed in distal half, lobes equal; tube cylindrical; stamens 4, included within corolla-tube, anthers dorsifixed, thecae free in lower half; ovary unlobed; style often becoming eccentric (especially when only one ovule develops), with stigma entire or stigma-lobes short; fruit dry, globose, indehiscent, often enclosed by calyx, usually 1-seeded.  Two species, both endemic to Australia.


Native to:

50 Australia


Physopsis Turcz., Bull. Soc. Nat. Mosc. 22(2): 34 (1849); Munir, Brunonia 1: 407-689 (1978).

Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew