Common name: coral creeper, Red Barleria, Creeping Barleria, Small Bush Violet
Barleria repens Nees APNI*
Description: Scrambling herb to subshrub, sometimes climber, to 0.7 m high; stems rooting where touching the ground, with antrorse-appressed hairs.
Leaves opposite; lamina elliptic to ovate, to 60 mm long and 25 mm wide, with scattered appressed hairs.
Tubular flowers red, salmon, pinkish purple or purple, to 50 mm long, with 5 spreading lobes.
Capsule club-shaped, splitting to release seeds.
Distribution and occurrence: Native to South Africa. Recorded (2010) growing in remnant littoral rainforest as a garden escape from a caravan park at Hallidays Point, Black Head Beach (NC). Doubtfully naturalised in Qld.
NSW subdivisions: ?NC
Ornamental plant, sometimes garden escape. Weed alert.
Text by P.G. Kodela, August 2016
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