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Baeckea is a genus of flowering plants in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. There are about 75 species, of which 70 are endemic to Australia; the others are distributed in New Caledonia and Southeast Asia.[1]

Baeckea brevifolia Batemans Bay.JPG
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Subfamily: Myrtoideae
Tribe: Chamelaucieae
Genus: Baeckea

see List of Baeckea species

These plants are shrubs and trees with oppositely arranged leaves.[2] The leaves are very small, glandular, and aromatic. Flowers are solitary or borne in simple or compound inflorescences in the leaf axils. The flower has 5 sepals and 5 white, pink, or purple petals. The fruit is a dehiscent capsule.[3]

The genus is named in honor of the Swedish physician Abraham Bäck (1713–1795).[4]


Many species formerly placed in the genus are currently included in Euryomyrtus, Harmogia, Kardomia, Oxymyrrhine, Rinzia, Sannantha, Seorsus and Triplarina.[5]

Species include:[1][5]


  1. ^ a b "Genus Baeckea". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  2. ^ Baeckia. Flora of China.
  3. ^ a b Baeckia. FloraBase. Western Australian Herbarium.
  4. ^ Genaust, H. (1976). Etymologisches Wörterbuch der botanischen Pflanzennamen ISBN 3-7643-0755-2
  5. ^ a b "Baeckea". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-04-14.