Hibbertia

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Hibbertia
Hibbertia stellaris.jpg
Hibbertia stellaris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: unplaced
Family: Dilleniaceae
Genus: Hibbertia
Andrews[1]
Species

See List of Hibbertia species

Hibbertia, or Guinea flower, is a genus of trees, shrubs, trailing shrubs and climbers of the family Dilleniaceae.[2][3] The five-petalled flowers of all species are varying shades of yellow, with the exception of H. stellaris, H. miniata and H. selkii, a recently named (1980s) species from the Stirling Ranges, which all have orange flowers. Around 150 species occur in Australia of which two are also found in New Guinea. Additionally, 24 species occur in New Caledonia, one of which is also found in Fiji, and one other species is endemic to Madagascar.[3] The genus is currently being revised by Helmut Toelken of the South Australian Herbarium.

The genus takes its name from George Hibbert (1757 - 1837), an eminent English merchant and amateur botanist.[4]

Identification[edit]

Given the similarity in flower colour and shape (In nearly all species, the five petals are obovate), the number of stamens is a useful method of identification as this can vary widely from 4 to about 200 depending on species.

Species[edit]

Species include:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hibbertia". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hibbertia". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Hibbertia (Genre)". endemia.nc - Faune & Flore de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Corrick, M.G. and Fuhrer, B.A. (2001). Wildflowers of Victoria and adjoining areas. Australia: Bloomings Books. ISBN 1876473142.