Astroloma

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Astroloma
Astroloma foliosum.jpg
Astroloma foliosum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Astroloma
R.Br.

Astroloma is an endemic Australian genus of around 20 species of flowering plants in the family Ericaceae. The majority of the species are endemic in Western Australia, but a few species occur in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

The genus was first described by Robert Brown in 1810 in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae.[1]

The name Astroloma is derived from the Ancient Greek words astron = a star and loma = a fringe,[2] alluding to five tufts of hairs which form a star at the bottom of the inside of the floral tube.[3][4]

Species include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Astroloma R. Br.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  2. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (1999). CRC world dictionary of plant names : common names, scientific names, eponyms, synonyms, and etymology. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. p. 225. ISBN 0849326737. 
  3. ^ Tegg, Thomas (1829). The London encyclopaedia: or Universal dictionary of science, art, literature and practical mechanics, volume 3. p. 89. 
  4. ^ "Astroloma pinifolium". Australian Native Plant Society (Australia). Retrieved 21 January 2015.