Gomphocarpus cancellatus (Burm.f.) Bruyns

Broad-leaf Cotton-bush

Bothalia 25: 165 (1995) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Shrub to 1 m high; stems stout, pubescent. Leaves ovate-oblong, 3–7 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, apex usually obtuse, mucronate, base obtuse to truncate, margins thickened, leathery, prominently reticulate-veined, glabrous except for hairs on veins and margins; petiole 1–5 mm long. Inflorescences usually 6–20-flowered; peduncles mostly 2–4 cm long, erect, pubescent. Pedicels 15–30 mm long, pubescent, erect at anthesis, deflexed in fruit; sepals ovate, 3–5 mm long, free almost to base, pubescent; corolla-lobes ovate, 4–6 mm long, white and glabrous inside, purplish and pubescent outside; corona-lobes incurved, white with a pinkish base. Follicles ovoid-acuminate, 7–8 cm long, 2–3.5 cm diam., erect at maturity, outer surface pubescent and usually covered with soft spines c. 5 mm long, inner surface smooth and shiny; seeds c. 6 mm long, c. 3 mm wide, coma hairs c. 3 cm long. Flowers Apr.–Dec.

*Brid, *DunT, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *MuM, *VAlp, *VVP. Also naturalised SA. Native to South Africa. An occasional weed of the Mallee and also collected near Portland, in the Grampians and on Phillip Island.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asclepiadaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-16
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Apocynaceae
genus Gomphocarpus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Gomphocarpus cancellatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gomphocarpus cancellatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Victorian Alps present naturalised

State distribution

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South Australia