Sannantha pluriflora

Sannantha pluriflora, commonly known as tall baeckea, is a flowering shrub or small tree species in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae.[1] It is endemic to Australia. Plants grow to 4 metres high. White flowers appear in groups of three to seven between October and April in the species' native range.[1][2] These have five rounded petals surrounding 8–15 stamens. The fruits are 2.5 to 3.5 mm (0.098 to 0.138 in) in diameter.[2]

Sannantha pluriflora
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Myrtaceae
Genus: Sannantha
Species:
S. pluriflora
Binomial name
Sannantha pluriflora
Synonyms
  • Camphoromyrtus pluriflora F.Muell.
  • Babingtonia pluriflora A.R.Bean nom. inval.

TaxonomyEdit

The species was first formally described in 1855 by Victorian Government Botanist Ferdinand von Mueller and given the name Camphoromyrtus pluriflora. It was placed in the genus Babingtonia in 1997 and in 2007 it was placed in the newly created genus Sannantha.[3] For many years the name Baeckea virgata was misapplied to this species. Baeckea virgata, currently Sannantha virgata, is endemic to New Caledonia.[4]

DistributionEdit

The species occurs from Gippsland in Victoria and northwards to Port Stephens in New South Wales.[1][2]

CultivationEdit

The species has been cultivated for many years under various names. Cultivars include:

  • 'Clarence River'[5]
  • 'Golden'[6]
  • 'La Petite'[7]
  • 'White Cascade'[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Wild Plants of Victoria (database). Viridans Biological Databases & Department of Sustainability and Environment. 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "Sannantha pluriflora (F.Muell.) Peter G.Wilson". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Sannantha pluriflora". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Baeckea virgata = Sannantha spp". James Cook University. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Babingtonia pluriflora 'Clarence River'". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
  6. ^ "Babingtonia pluriflora 'Golden'". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
  7. ^ "Babingtonia pluriflora 'La Petite'". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
  8. ^ "Babingtonia pluriflora 'White Cascade'". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.