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|TREATMENT FROM THE JEPSON MANUAL (1993)||
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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Leaves simple, generally alternate, evergreen, often gland-dotted, petioled; stipules 0
Inflorescence: axillary clusters; flowers 1few
Flower bisexual, radial to bilateral; calyx 5-lobed, persistent; corolla 5-lobed, sometimes 2-lipped; stamens generally 4, epipetalous, (sometimes a fifth reduced and sterile); ovary superior, chambers generally 2 (sometimes falsely 310), ovules generally 12 per chamber, style 1, stigmas 12
Genera in family: 35 genera, ± 100 species: especially Australia (also Pacific islands, e Asia, s Africa, West Indies).
Leaves alternate, entire or toothed, with often translucent glands
Flower ± radial; corolla ± = pedicel, > calyx
Species in genus: ± 30 species: especially Australia
Etymology: (Greek: from glandular pores on leaves)
Shrub or small tree, 310 m, much-branched, broadly spreading; twig tips and young leaves ± bronze-green, sticky
Leaf < 10 cm, generally lanceolate, finely serrate above middle, bright green, ± fleshy; pores conspicuous
Flower: corolla ± 10 mm diam, ± bell-shaped, white with purple spots, tube ± = lobes
Fruit 510 mm, ovoid, fleshy, pale to dark reddish purple
Ecology: Uncommon. Disturbed, urban areas
Elevation: < 200 m.
Bioregional distribution: San Francisco Bay Area, Central Coast, South Coast
Distribution outside California: native to New Zealand
Commonly cultivated near coast.
TOXIC: leaves, fruits may be fatal to livestock.