Common name: Inch Plant
Callisia fragrans (Lindl.) Woodson APNI*
Description: Robust, stoloniferous, perennial herbs; stems ascending, to 1 m high.
Leaves spirally arranged; lamina oblong to lanceolate, glabrous, 15–30 cm long, 2.5–6 cm wide; apex acuminate.
Inflorescences terminal, panicle-like, to 55 cm or more; flowers fragrant, subsessile; petals white, lanceolate, 6 mm; stamens 6, all fertile, long-exserted, filaments glabrous; ovary 3-locular, stigma penicillate.
Flowering: Late Winter to Spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Garden escape. NSW: North and Central Coast regions and Lord Howe Island; native of Mexico.
Disturbed areas close to habitation.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by Peter G. Wilson (2001); edited KL Wilson (Jan 2015)
Taxon concept: Fl. North America vol. 22
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