Lasiopetalum behrii F.Muell.

Pink Velvet-bush

Defin. Austral. Pl. 3 ; Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 36 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Shrub to 1.5 m high. Leaves lanceolate, narrowly oblong, narrowly elliptic or rarely ovate, 2–9 cm long, 0.5–3 cm wide, becoming glabrous above, densely, rusty-hairy beneath, base inconspicuously subcordate; petioles 3–10 mm long; margins flat or recurved. Inflorescence 2–8-flowered, crowded to open; bracteoles 3, 1.5–4.5 mm long. Calyx segments 3.5–7.2 mm long, white to pink, the outer surface densely stellate-hairy, the inner surface glabrous or with scattered hairs; petals 1–1.5 mm long, red-brown; anthers red-brown, c. 2 mm long; style glabrous. Capsule 4–8 mm diam., densely hairy. Flowers Aug.–Nov.

GGr, LoM, MuM, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Common in mallee scrub in the north-west of the State, with an outlier in the whipstick mallee near Bendigo.

Source: Short, P.S. (1996). Sterculiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-04-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Malvales
family Malvaceae
genus Lasiopetalum
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Lasiopetalum behrii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lasiopetalum behrii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Greater Grampians present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory