Sp. Pl. 192 (1753) APNI
Shrub to 2.5 m high, more or less glabrous; main branches arching, lateral branches often few, leafless, reduced to a short slender spine. Leaves both single and clustered; single leaves ovate to elliptic, mostly 30–50 mm long, 5–15 mm wide, apex usually acute, base attenuate into a short petiole, margins entire, scarcely fleshy, green, persistent; clustered leaves narrow-ovate to elliptic, mostly 8–15 mm long, 2–5 mm wide. Flowers usually solitary in axils; pedicels 6–15 mm long; calyx more or less campanulate, 3–4 mm long, lobes triangular, 1–2 mm long; fruiting calyx 2-lipped; corolla 10–12 mm long, pale lilac, blotched deep lilac on each lobe, lobes ovate; stamens 5, exserted by 3–8 mm, anthers 1–2 mm long; pistil 8–11.5 mm long. Berry ellipsoid, 5–9 mm long, red; seeds c. 20, c. 2 mm long, yellowish. Flowers mainly spring–autumn.
*EGU, *GipP, *Gold, *MuF, *NIS, *OtP, *VRiv, *Wim. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW, Tas., New Zealand. Native to central China. Widespread in Victoria, often escaping from gardens.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Uplands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|