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Catalepidia P.H.Weston, Fl. Australia 16: 499 (1995); from the Greek kata (low) and lepis , lepidos (a scale), in reference to the series of cataphylls at the base of each shoot, including the plumule

Type: Catalepidia heyana (F.M.Bailey) P.H.Weston

Trees. Hairs absent. Hypocotyl obsolete. Shoots with a basal series of cataphylls. Leaves alternate, simple, entire, petiolate; venation brochidodromous, with intramarginal loops forming an undulating, intramarginal vein. Conflorescence ramiflorous, unbranched; flower pairs bracteate, pedunculate. Flowers actinomorphic, bisexual, bracteate, pedicellate. Tepals not coherent, revolute. Staminal filaments adnate to tepals; anthers free, oblong-ovate, apiculate. Hypogynous glands 4, free, fleshy, truncate. Ovary sessile; ovules 2, orthotropous, pendulous; style filiform, terminated by ovoid pollen presenter; stigma terminal. Fruit ±globose, with ventral axis longer than dorsal axis, indehiscent; outer mesocarp succulent, lacking radiating vascular or fibrous strands; inner mesocarp bony, smooth. Seed 1, wingless, fleshy. 

A genus of 1 species, endemic in Australia. 

H.Sleumer, Studies in Old World Proteaceae, Blumea 8: 2–95 (1955).



Data derived from Flora of Australia Volumes 16 (1995), 17A (2000) and 17B (1999), products of ABRS, ©Commonwealth of Australia