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Clerodendrum tomentosum R.Br.
Family Lamiaceae
Common name: Hairy Clerodendrum, Downy Chance Tree

Clerodendrum tomentosum R.Br. APNI*

Description: Shrub or tree, 1–10 m high, usually velvety.

Leaves with lamina ovate to elliptic, 4–14 cm long, 2–4.5 cm wide, apex acute or short-acuminate, base cuneate or rarely rounded, margins entire or coarsely toothed in juveniles, surfaces ± velvety but sometimes glabrescent with age; petiole 1–5 cm long.

Cymes forming terminal corymbs, compact, many-flowered, usually velvety. Calyx 5–6 mm long, to c. 12 mm long in fruit, ± hairy; lobes acute to obtuse. Corolla white; tube 2–2.5 cm long; lobes 4–7 mm long, usually hairy.

Drupe 8–10 mm long, black, seated in the enlarged red fleshy calyx.

Photo L. von Richter

Photo L. von Richter

Photo T.M. Tame

Other photo
Photo T.M. Tame

Flowering: October–February

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in or on the margins of warmer rainforest; widespread in coastal district, north from Batemans Bay area, inland to the upper Hunter Valley.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld W.A.
AVH map***

Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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