Chaenostoma floribundum Benth.

Compan. Bot. Mag. 1: 376 (1836) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Erect or ascending subshrub, 20–75 cm high; stem much-branched, puberulous below, ± viscid-pubescent above. Leaves opposite, ovate to elliptic, 6–50 mm long, 5–30 mm wide, obtuse or nearly rounded, cuneate at base, margins dentate, glandular-puberulous or shortly pubescent on both surfaces; petioles to 25 mm long. Inflorescences leafy terminal panicles; bracts lanceolate or subulate, mostly acute, entire or with occasional teeth, pubescent. Calyx 4–8 mm long, 5-lobed, hispid or pubescent; corolla 6–13 mm long, white or orange and white. Capsule ovoid or oblong, 3–4 mm long.

Native to South Africa. Collected in Dec. 1908 from Coode Island near the mouth of the Yarra River and has not been reported since and is probably extinct in Victoria. It is not known if the plant was from cultivated stock or if seed may have been deposited on Coode Island with ballast sand - the common source for many species that were collected there in the early 20th Century.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-05-27
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-01
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
genus Chaenostoma
Higher taxa


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