Gomphocarpus fruticosus subsp. fruticosus

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Shrub to 2 m high; stems few, pubescent, glabrescent with age. Leaves opposite, sometimes alternate, linear-lanceolate, 4–12 cm long, 5–15 mm wide, apex acuminate, mucronate, base attenuate, margins thickened, soft, not prominently veined, glabrous; petiole 3–10 mm long. Inflorescences usually 5–10-flowered; peduncles mostly 2–4 cm long, erect, scabrous. Pedicels 10–20 mm long, scabrous, erect at anthesis, deflexed in fruit; sepals ovate-lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, free almost to base, pubescent; corolla-lobes ovate, 6–7 mm long, ciliate, white; corona-lobes incurved, white. Follicles ovoid, 4–6 cm long, 2–3.5 cm diam., slightly falcate, tapering into a short curved beak, erect at maturity, covered with soft spines to c. 1 cm long; seeds c. 6 mm long, c. 3 mm wide, coma hairs c. 3 cm long. Flowers Oct.–May.

*GipP, *Gold, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *VRiv, *VVP, *Wim. An occasional weed of disturbed sites such as roadsides, pasture and waterways. Grown as an ornamental and as a food plant for the Wanderer Butterfly, Danaus plexippus.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2016-11-08
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-05-02
Distribution map


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Gomphocarpus fruticosus subsp. fruticosus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Gomphocarpus fruticosus subsp. fruticosus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised