Hypericum canariense L.

Sp. Pl. 2: 784 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Medium to large shrub 1–4 m high; stems obscurely 2- or 4-ridged, becoming terete with age. Leaves narrowly elliptic to oblong-elliptic, 2–6.5 cm long, 4–15 mm wide, base attenuate or cuneate, apex usually acute, lower surface paler than upper, tertiary nerves finely reticulate. Flowers in sparse to dense terminal corymbs; sepals unequal, broadly obovate-oblong to lanceolate, 3–4.5 mm long, not black-dotted; petals narrowly oblanceolate, 12–17 mm long, bright yellow, not black-dotted, persistent after flowering; stamens numerous, in  3 indistinct bundles, slightly shorter than petals; styles 3, 2.5–5 times longer than ovary. Fruit ovoid to ellipsoid, considerably longer than sepals; seeds flattened-cylindric, 0.5–1.5 mm long, minutely ridged longitudinally. Flowers Oct.–May.

*GipP, *OtP. Also naturalised WA. Native to the Canary Islands.

Occasionally grown in cultivation in Australia, becoming weedy in coastal scrub and railway enbankments around Port Phillip Bay and Western Port (e.g. Flinders, Black Rock, Elsternwick, Drysdale).

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-07-03
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-08-01
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malpighiales
family Hypericaceae
genus Hypericum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Hypericum canariense in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Hypericum canariense in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia