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Genus Spiraea Family Rosaceae

Description: Deciduous shrubs.

Leaves simple, toothed or shallowly lobed; stipules absent.

Flowers in dense corymbs, panicles or few-flowered umbels; mostly bisexual. Hypanthium bell-shaped or cup-shaped. Sepals and petals 5. Stamens numerous. Carpels commonly 5, free, superior, 1-locular, ovules 2-many.

Fruit a cluster of small follicles.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 100 species, northern temperate regions. Australia: 2 species (naturalised).

Spiraea was formerly placed in the family Malaceae (now part of Rosaceae), e.g. Flora of New South Wales Vol. 1 (1990). There are various hybrids and cultivars of Spiraea; several taxa have been recorded as naturalised in New South Wales, however these require further investigation.

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

Taxa not yet included in identification key
Spiraea x billiardii,    Spiraea x pseudosalicifolia

 Key to the species 
1Flowers white; flowers in spring in advance of the leavesSpiraea prunifolia
Flowers pink; flowers in summer with leaves presentSpiraea x billardii

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