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 Nertera subsp. var.  pincushion, coral bead, bead plant
N. granadensis
Habit: herbaceous
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Width: 20 cm to 40 cm
Lifespan: perennial
Origin: S America, Australasia
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Rubiaceae > Nertera var. , Banks ex Gaertn.

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Nertera is a genus of about 15 species of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae, native to the Southern Hemisphere, in South America and Australasia, with one species extending into the Northern Hemisphere in Central America and eastern Asia. The name derives from the Greek word nerteros, meaning low down. Common names include pincushion, coral bead or bead plant. They are prostrate, creeping, mat-forming herbaceous perennial plants growing to 20 - 40 cm across or more but no more than a few centimetres high. The leaves are usually quite small, and when crushed may in some species release a foul smell (methanethiol) like the related woody genus Coprosma. The flowers are insignificant and probably wind-pollinated. The fruit is usually a bright orange berry, but in some species may be a dry capsule.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Nertera (Greek, lowly; referring to the habit). Rubiaceae. Creeping herbs, of which one is grown for its handsome profuse berries.

Nerteras are slender perennials, with small opposite Lvs. which are stalked or not, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, glabrous or somewhat pilose; stipules present: fls. axillary or terminal, hermaphrodite, inconspicuous, sessile; corolla 4- or 5-lobed; stamens 4 or 5, inserted in base of tube of the tubular or funnel-shaped corolla, the anthers exserted; ovary 2-celled: drupe 2-seeded (two 1-seeded pyrenes), fleshy.— Species about 8, widespread in the southern hemisphere.

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