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