Pavonia hastata Cav.

Diss. 3: 138, t. 47, fig.2 (1787) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Spreading shrub to 2 m high; young stems densely stellate-pubescent. Leaves oblong-lanceolate, 1–6 cm long, 10–25 mm wide, cordate to hastate at base, margins serrate, lower surface densely stellate-tomentose, upper surface darker and less hairy. Flowers dimorphic, solitary; peduncles 10–30 mm long; epicalyx segments ovate, 4–6 mm long, more than two-thirds the length of calyx; calyx 6–8 mm long, tomentose; petals 12–25 mm long, reddish or pale purple with a dark basal spot; cleistogamous flowers with petals shorter than the calyx, remaining erect, stamens 5, enclosed by the petals. Fruit c. 8 mm diam., mericarps reticulate with a prominent rib, pubescent to glabrescent. Flowers Feb.–Mar. (1 record).

*VRiv. Native to South America, highly invasive in northern New South Wales and Queensland, currently only known in Victoria from a single population on a highly disturbed sand hill beside the Goulbourn River at Shepparton.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-27
Updated by: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-07
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Pavonia
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory