Lagunaria patersonia (Andrews) G.Don

Gen. Hist. 1: 485 (1831) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Tree to 20 m high with minute, scurfy, often fringed, appressed scales. Leaves broadly elliptic to lanceolate, (4–)5–9(–15) cm long, (1.3–)2–3.5(–5) cm wide; apex obtuse or rounded; lower surface pale, densely covered with appressed scales. Flowers with pedicles 1–2 cm long; epicalyx reduced to a ridge surrounding the base of the calyx; calyx cup-shaped, 12–15 mm long densely scaly, lobes broadly triangular, 2–3 mm long; petals pink to rose-lilac, yellow near base, rotate,  4–4.5 cm long. Capsule spherical, 2–3 cm long, elongating to c. 5 cm long at dehiscence, septae lined with irritating hairs; seeds orange-red to brown, 5–7 mm long. Flowers Nov.–Feb.

*GipP, *NIS, *VVP. Endemic to Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, widely cultivated, and often grown in Victoria as a street tree, naturalised in coastal areas of southern Victoria.

Plants native to Queensland with an early shedding, cup-shaped epicalyx were previously treated as L. patersonia subsp. bracteata Benth. These are now recognised as a distinct species, L. queenslandica Craven.  

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Lagunaria
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lagunaria patersonia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lagunaria patersonia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory