Delic. Fl. Faun. Insubr. 3: 16, t. 8 (1788) APNI
Shrub or small tree to 4 m high, green or grey-green, densely pubescent with stellate hairs; hairs loose and tufted on young growth; prickles absent. Leaves elliptic, 9–30 cm long, 3.5–14 cm wide, slightly discolorous, apex acuminate, base cuneate, margins entire to slightly undulate, upper surface green and sparsely pubescent, lower surface grey-tomentose; petiole 3–9 cm long, often with 1 or 2 small sessile leaflets in axil. Inflorescences branched many-flowered corymbs; primary peduncle 3–15 cm long. Flowers on pedicels 2–3 mm long; calyx 4–6 mm long, lobes triangular, 1.5–3 mm long, enlarging slightly in fruit; corolla stellate, 15–25 mm diam., violet; anthers 2–3 mm long. Berry globose, 10–15 mm diam., dull yellow, pubescent, glabrescent with age; seeds 1.5–2 mm long, light brown or yellowish. Flowers autumn–spring.
*EGL, *GipP, *HSF, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, Qld, NSW. Native to South America. Becoming increasingly common as a weed of gullies and other moist sites in both disturbed and intact native vegetation (e.g. Leongatha, suburban Melbourne, Stratford, Warburton).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|