Tetragonia L.

8 species in Aust. (5 native); all states and territories except NT

Perennial or annual, prostrate herbs. Leaves alternate, flat, rather thick, papillose. Flowers solitary or several together, axillary, greenish or yellowish. Perianth with 3–5 valvate lobes. Stamens few to many; staminodes absent. Ovary 2–8-locular. Fruit a capsule enclosed in the floral tube which becomes bony on drying.