Gen. Hist. 1: 485 (1831) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||introduced|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|