• WordNet 3.6
    • n Hymenanthera a genus of slender evergreen shrubs; grow in Australia and New Zealand
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hymenanthera A small genus of rigid shrubs or small trees, of the natural order Violarieæ and tribe Alsodeieæ. They have small, axillary, frequently polygamous flowers, with the sepals and petals nearly equal, the latter short; anthers almost sessile, united in a tube around the pistil, and bearing on the back an erect scale; placentas of the ovary 2 or rarely 3, each bearing 1 ovule; and the leaves alternate, often clustered. Only 4 species are known, natives of Australia or New Zealand. H. dentata, the scrub-boxwood, is a much-branched shrub often many feet in height. H. Banksii is a tall spiny shrub, well adapted for close hedges. It bears a profusion of very fragrant flowers.
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