Correa reflexa var. speciosa (Donn ex Andr.) Paul G.Wilson

Nuytsia 12: 101 (1998) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Spreading shrub to 1 m high. Leaves somewhat coriaceous, oblong, or more commonly, narrowly ovate to ovate, mostly (6–)10–20(–30) mm long, 4–12 mm wide, apex obtuse, base rounded to slightly cordate, sparsely stellate and scabrous above (rarely glabrescent), sparsely to densely fawn-tomentose beneath, margin minutely undulate and often recurved. Flower erect or pendent, not clasped by subtending leaves; calyx hemispherical, c. truncate, 4-dentate, 3–4 mm long ferruginous-tomentose; corolla c. cylindric, 2.5–4 cm long, entirely brilliant red, or with green tips. Flowers mostly autumn-spring.

CVU, EGL, GipP, Gold, GGr, HSF, OtP, Strz, VVP, WPro. Also NSW. Locally common in lowland heaths and heathy open-forest in eastern Victoria, often near the coast, with a few isolated occurrences inland in central and western areas (e.g. Mt Buangor, Maryborough, Brisbane Ranges).

A distinctive form with oblong leaves that are almost smooth and glabrous above occurs between Yarram and Tamboon Inlet and as far inland as Fernbank. It may warrant recognition, but its distinction from more typical forms becomes less pronounced at the eastern end of its range.

Probably hybridizes with C. alba var. alba.

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Rutaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-08-13
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Correa reflexa var. speciosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Correa reflexa var. speciosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory