Encycl. 2: 565 (1788) APNI
Shrub to 3 m high; stems usually slender and arching, with scattered hairs, becoming glabrous. Leaves usually opposite, ovate-lanceolate, 2–5 cm long, 0.8–2 cm wide, denticulate, glabrous but for a few marginal hairs; petiole 0.5–1.5 cm long. Flowers 1–3 in fascicles, pendulous; peduncle 2–4.5 cm long, filiform; hypanthium 7–15 mm long, pink or red; sepals lanceolate, 1.5–2.5 cm long, c. 5 mm wide, acute, pink or red; petals shorter than sepals, obovate, 10–20 mm long, 5–11 mm wide, obtuse, usually purple; stamens long-exserted, filaments slender, anthers dorsifixed; style longer than stamens, stigma 4-lobed, capitate. Berry reddish, many-seeded. Flowers Dec.–May.
*GipP, *HSF, *OtP, *OtR, *Strz. Also naturalised SA, Tas., Europe, Africa, Hawaii. Native to southern South America. Reported for the Dandenong, Otway and Strzelecki Ranges where found in fern-gullies and wet sclerophyll forests, presumably as a garden-escape.
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