Linnaea 19: 261 (1846) APNI
Shrub to 3 m high, all parts softly pubescent. Leaves broad-lanceolate or ovate, mostly 5–17 cm long, 2–9 cm wide, pubescent on both surfaces, apex acute, base obtuse, margins more or less entire. Inflorescence terminal, a congested panicle of subspicate racemes, covered with purplish hairs. Flowers sessile or subsessile; calyx tubular, 6–8 mm long, lobes acuminate, to 3 mm long; corolla 17–25 mm long, reddish, tube 1–1.5 mm diam. at base, c. 5 mm diam. at apex, lobes triangular, 2.5–4 mm long; stamens inserted just below middle of tube; filaments c. 10 mm long; style c. 17 mm long. Berry more or less globose, c. 10 mm diam., red; seeds 2–7, more or less ovoid, 2.5–4 mm long, black. Flowers autumn–spring.
*CVU, *GipP, *HSF, *Strz. Also naturalised Qld, NSW. Native to Mexico. Commonly grown as an ornamental and naturalised in moist forests of the Dandenong and Strzelecki Ranges (and probably other high-rainfall districts).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|