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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Myrtales

Familia: Myrtaceae
Subfamilia: Myrtoideae
Tribus: Chamelaucieae
Genus: Baeckea
Species: B. brevifolia – B. crassifolia – B. diosmifolia – B. elderiana – B. ericaea – B. exserta – B. frutescens – B. grandibracteata – B. grandiflora – B. grandis – B. gunniana – B. imbricata – B. kandos – B. latens – B. latifolia – B. leptocaulis – B. leptophylla – B. linifolia – B. muricata – B. ochropetala – B. omissa – B. ovalifolia – B. pachyphylla – B. pentagonantha – B. polystemonea – B. pygmaea – B. robusta – B. staminosa – B. subcuneata – B. trapeza – B. tuberculata – B. uncinella – B. utilis

Baeckea L. Sp. Pl. 1: 358. (1753)

Type species: Baeckea frutescens L. Sp. Pl. 1: 358. (1753)


Tjongina Adans., Fam. Pl. 2: 611 (1763)
Jungia Gaertn., Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1: 175(–176), t. 35, fig. 5. 1788, nom. illeg. hom. – non Jungia L.f., Suppl. Pl.: 58, 390. 1781 [1782], nom. et orth. cons. – nec Jungia Heist. ex Fabr., Enum.: 47. 1759, nom. rej.
Mollia J.F.Gmel., Syst. Nat. ed. 13[bis]: 420 (1791), nom. illeg.
Imbricaria Sm., Trans. Linn. Soc. London 3: 257 (1797), nom. illeg.
Neuhofia Stokes, Bot. Mat. Med. 1: 439 (1812)
Allostis Raf., Sylva Tellur.: 104 (1838)
Murrinea Raf., Sylva Tellur.: 104 (1838)
Schidiomyrtus Schauer, Linnaea 17: 237 (1843)
Drosodendron M.Roem., Fam. Nat. Syn. Monogr. 1: 140 (1846)


Linnaeus, C. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 358.
International Plant Names Index. 2018. Baeckea. Published online. Accessed: Jan. 28 2018.
Baeckea in: Australian Plant Census (APC) 2018. IBIS database, Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria. Accessed: 2018 Jan. 28.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2018. Baeckea in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Apr. 29. Reference page.
GBIF: Baeckea L.

Baeckea is a genus of flowering plants in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. There are about 75 species, of which 70 are endemic to Australia; the others are distributed in New Caledonia and Southeast Asia.[1]

These plants are shrubs and trees with oppositely arranged leaves.[2] The leaves are very small, glandular, and aromatic. Flowers are solitary or borne in simple or compound inflorescences in the leaf axils. The flower has 5 sepals and 5 white, pink, or purple petals. The fruit is a dehiscent capsule.[3]

The genus is named in honor of the Swedish physician Abraham Bäck (1713–1795).[4]
Main article: List of Baeckea species

Many species formerly placed in the genus are currently included in Euryomyrtus, Harmogia, Kardomia, Oxymyrrhine, Rinzia, Sannantha, Seorsus and Triplarina.[5]

Species include:[1][5]

Baeckea brevifolia Rudge
Baeckea crassifolia Lindl. – desert heath-myrtle
Baeckea diosmifolia Rudge – fringed baeckea
Baeckea elderiana E.Pritz.
Baeckea exserta S.Moore
Baeckea grandibracteata E.Pritz.
Baeckea grandiflora Benth. – large-flowered baeckea[3]
Baeckea grandis E.Pritz.
Baeckea gunniana Schauer ex Walp.
Baeckea imbricata (Gaertn.) Druce – heath myrtle
Baeckea latens C.R.P.Andrews
Baeckea linifolia Rudge – weeping baeckea
Baeckea muricata C.A.Gardner
Baeckea ovalifolia (F.Muell.) F.Muell.
Baeckea pachyphylla Benth.
Baeckea pentagonantha F.Muell.
Baeckea polystemonea F.Muell.
Baeckea pygmaea Benth.
Baeckea robusta F.Muell.
Baeckea subcuneata F.Muell.
Baeckea uncinella Benth.
Baeckea utilis F.Muell. ex Miq. – mountain baeckea

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Baeckea.

"Genus Baeckea". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
Baeckia. Flora of China.
Baeckia. FloraBase. Western Australian Herbarium.
Genaust, H. (1976). Etymologisches Wörterbuch der botanischen Pflanzennamen ISBN 3-7643-0755-2
"Baeckea". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-04-14.

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