Correa reflexa (Labill.) Vent.

Common Correa

Jard. Malmaison 1: footnote to t. 13 (1803) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect, spreading, or semi-prostrate shrubs to 2 m high; branches densely tomentose to loosely floccose. Leaves papery to coriaceous, oblong to broadly ovate or orbicular, apex rounded to obtuse, base rounded to cordate with rounded lobes, margins entire or crenulate, upper surface smooth to scaberulous, glabrous or pubescent, lower surface glabrescent to tomentose, pannose, or floccose. Inflorescence 1–3(–5)-flowered, terminal on lateral branchlets, terminal leaf pair appearing as leaf-like bracts; pedicel 2–6.5 mm long; bracteoles narrowly linear, 3–11 mm long. Flower usually solitary, on branchlets of 1 internode, erect or pendent; calyx hemispherical, 3–6 mm long, truncate or slightly undulate, 4-dentate, sometimes with 4 interlobes, cream- to ferruginous-tomentose; corolla cylindric to trumpet-shaped, 1.5–4.5 cm long, yellowish-green, red, or red with green tips, fused; stamens exserted, filaments widening at base. 

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas.

Correa reflexa is a widespread and highly variable species in south-eastern Australia. Some varieties intergrade. There are some distinctive local variants that probably warrant formal recognition.

Correa reflexa var. nummulariifolia (Hook.f.) Paul G.Wilson has been erroneously recorded for Victoria in the past. These records were based on misidentified specimens of C. backhouseana.

Source: Duretto, M.F. (1999). Rutaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-08-13
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Correa reflexa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Correa reflexa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory