Diss. 3: 138, t. 47, fig.2 (1787) APNI
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.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|