- n Hibbertia evergreen heathlike or scandent shrubs of Madagascar; Australasia; Polynesia
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n hibbertia A genus of polypetalous dicotyledonous plants, belonging to the natural order Dilleniaceœ and the tribe Hibbertieœ. They are small heath-like shrubs with slender trailing or climbing stems, and showy yellow flowers in solitary terminal or axillary clusters. The flowers, which are strong-scented, have 5 thick sepals, 5 fugacious petals, numerous stamens, and 1 to 15 carpels, each containing one or more shining seeds. About 70 species are known, chiefly confined to Australasia. They are the Australian rock-roses, and a number of species are cultivated for their showy flowers. Beautifully preserved impressions of the leaves of three species of this genus have been described by Conwentz from fragments of amber from the celebrated amber-beds of northern Prussia.