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Plant Species of the genus Anopterus

Information about this genus
Name: Anopterus
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: For planting outdoors they require a mild, humid climate. The Tasmanian species tolerates moderate frosts while the mainland species is less frost hardy but more tolerant of warmth. A sheltered, slightly shaded situation and moist but well-drained soil suits them best. They also make attractive conservatory plants in cooler climates, worth growing for the foliage alone. Propagation is from seed or cuttings; plants grown from cuttings flower at a much smaller size.
Description: This genus of attractive small evergreen trees and shrubs consists of only 2 species, one endemic to Tasmania and the other to mainland eastern Australia, both growing in tall forest in high-rainfall mountain and foothill regions. It belongs to a group of flowering plant families that include the saxifrages, currants and hydrangeas. Botanists are still to determine the relationships within this complex group. Anopterus species have a distinctive habit, with erect branches on which the elongated leathery leaves tend to be crowded together at the ends, somewhat like the arrangement of rhododendron leaves. Short spikes of funnel-shaped white flowers terminate the shoots, and new leafy shoots emerge laterally from below these. The fruit is a leathery capsule that splits into 2 halves to release winged seeds. Both species of Anopterus make interesting ornamental plants.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Anopterus glandulosus 8-9
Anopterus macleayanus 9-11

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