Proboscidea lutea (Lindl.) Stapf

Nat. Pflanzenfam. 4, 3b: 269 (1895) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Viscid spreading herb to c. 30 cm high; stems terete, hollow. Leaves opposite or alternate, orbicular to suborbicular, 8–23 cm diam., cordate, apex obtuse to broadly acute, 5-veined, margins shallowly dentate; petiole 9–18 cm long. Racemes erect, dense, 16–30 cm long, shorter than to equalling the leaves; pedicels 7–15 mm long; bracts broad-ovate, equal to or longer than sepals; sepals 1–2 cm long, free virtually to base, oblanceolate, acute, prominently longitudinally veined, glandular-hairy; corolla broadly campanulate, 2–3.5 cm long, glandular-pubescent outside, glabrous within, lobes rounded, yellow with red or brown markings within. Capsule body ovoid, 5–8 cm long, 2–3 cm wide, with many short spines; exocarp leathery, pubescent, deciduous, exposing the woody endocarp; horns slender, curved, 9–17 cm long, hooked at the tip. Flowers Nov.–May.

*CVU, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *VRiv. Occurs in similar situations to Proboscidea louisianica, and largely co-extensive with that species. First noted in Victoria at Walwa in the far north-east, but now scattered through the north and near north-west.

Source: Christensen, T.J. (1999). Pedaliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne (as Ibicella lutea (Lindl.) Eselt.).
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Pedaliaceae
genus Proboscidea
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Proboscidea lutea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Proboscidea lutea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present introduced
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
Murray Fans present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised

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South Australia
New South Wales