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Cuphea carthagenensis (Jacq.) J.F.Macbr.
Family Lythraceae
Cuphea carthagenensis (Jacq.) J.F.Macbr. APNI*

Description: Erect or spreading herb up to 60 cm high, glandular-pubescent and bristly.

Leaves opposite, lamina ovate to elliptic, 10–55 mm long, 5–20 mm wide, both surfaces scabrous; subsessile to shortly petiolate.

Flowers small, in short monochasial cymes or sometimes solitary in the axils of the leaves. Hypanthium 4.5–5.5 mm long, 11-veined, shortly spurred at the base. Sepals 6, 0.5 mm long. Petals 6, obovate, 1.5–2 mm long, violet to purple. Stamens 11, included. Style included.

Capsule globose, c. 2 mm diam.; seeds 4–8, brown, discoid.


Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Naturalized in moist situations in the Murwillumbah district. Native of C & S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
AVH map***

Text by J. Highet & Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 2 (1991)


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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