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. 2. Tribe Westringieae Bartl. (1830).

Tribe prostanthereae Benth. (1834).


Shrubs or undershrubs, non-aromatic; branches often triangular or quadrangular in cross-section; leaves in whorls of 3-6, less frequently decussate; inflorescence thyrsoid on leafy branches, part-inflorescences 1-flowered; bracteoles 2; calyx 5-lobed; corolla white to pale mauve, distinctly 2-lipped, 5-lobed (2/3), posterior lip with lobes directed outwards, anterior lip with median lobe directed outwards and forward to recurved, lateral lobes spreading, tube expanded in throat; stamens 2 (anterior pair reduced to staminodes), inserted on posterior side of corolla-throat, anthers 1-thecous, dorsifixed, appearing basifixed, staminodes inserted on anterior side of corolla-throat, thecae reduced to 2 lobes, white; fruit of 4 mericarps, not enclosed by calyx-lobes.  About 25 species, endemic to Australia.


Native to:

50 Australia


Westringia Sm., Vetensk. Akad. Handl. Stockh., 171 (1797); Conn, Fl. S. Australia, 3: 1230-1232 (1986); Nuytsia 6: 335-349 (1988); Fl. New South Wales, 3: 641-645 (1992); Fl. Victoria, 4: 441-444 (1999).

Image resource

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew