Description: Perennial rhizomatous herbs with erect glandular-hairy stems.
Leaves irregularly pinnate.
Flowers 5-merous, in terminal spike-like racemes; pedicels short, with 2 bracteoles. Hypanthium cup-shaped, bearing numerous hooked spines. Epicalyx absent. Sepals 5. Petals 5. Stamens 5–20, strongly perigynous. Carpels 2.
Fruit of 1 or 2 achenes enclosed in a hypanthium with margin fringed with a row of hooked spines, burr-like.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 15 species, northern temperate regions. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).
Text by G. J. Harden & A. N. Rodd
|One species in NSW: Agrimonia eupatoria|