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Genus Rhaphiolepis Family Rosaceae

Description: Evergreen shrubs without spines.

Leaves simple, toothed or entire; shortly petiolate.

Inflorescence racemose or paniculate from scaly terminal buds. Sepals 5, erect or reflexed. Petals 5. Stamens 15–20. Carpels 2 or 3, fused at the base, ovary inferior.

Fruit a drupe-like pome, with 1 or 2 seeds.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 15 species, Japan, China. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by G. J. Harden & A. N. Rodd
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Rhaphiolepis indica

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