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Discaria is a genus of about 12 species of flowering plants in the family Rhamnaceae, native to temperate regions of the Southern Hemisphere, in Australia, New Zealand and South America.

Discaria chacaye 2.jpg
Discaria chacaye
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rhamnaceae
Tribe: Colletieae
Genus: Discaria

Discaria americana
Discaria articulata
Discaria chacaye
Discaria longispina
Discaria nana
Discaria nitida
Discaria pubescens
Discaria toumatou
Discaria trinervis

They are deciduous thorny shrubs or small trees growing to 2–5 m tall. They are also non-legume nitrogen fixers.

Many of the world's Discaria species qualify as xerophytes in the true sense of the term, and the Australian species are no exception. They frequently occur on porous or well-drained sites and on soils of low fertility. Some species can fix nitrogen from the atmosphere with the help of symbiotic bacteria (Frankia) that form nodules in their roots.[1]


  1. ^ "The rare and remarkable species of Australian Discaria". Retrieved 2016-12-02.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Discaria at Wikimedia Commons