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Family Profile

Gesneriaceae

Family Description

A family of about 120 genera and 2500 species, pantropic with only a few species in temperate areas; five genera occur naturally in Australia.

Genera

Boea - A genus of ca. 20 species: China, East Indies, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Polynesia, Vietnam; 2 species occur naturally in Australia

Cyrtandra - A genus of about 200-600 species mainly in SE Asia and the Pacific islands; one species occurs naturally in Australia. Bailey (1890).

Lenbrassia - A monotypic genus endemic to Australia. Gillett (1974); Morley (1978).

References

Bailey, F.M. (1890). Gesneriaceae. In 'A Synopsis of the Queensland Flora.' Third Supplement, (James C. Beal: Brisbane.), pp. 51-52.

Gillett, G.W. (1974). Lenbrassia (Gesneriaceae), a new genus endemic to North Queensland. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 55:431-434.

Morley, B. (1978). Variation in Lenbrassia G.W. Gillett (Gesneriacae). Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 1:187-192.