Common name: Hempbush
Gynatrix pulchella (Willd.) Alef. APNI*
Synonyms: Plagianthus pulchellus (Willd.) Hook.f. APNI*
Plagianthus pulchellus var. tomentosus Hook.f. APNI*
Description: Spreading shrub to 3 m high, covered with stellate hairs or glabrous.
Leaves with lamina lanceolate to ovate, to 15 cm long, to 5 cm wide, base cordate, apex acute, margins crenate; petiole to 4 cm long.
Calyx 2.5–3 mm long, lobed almost midway, the lobes broader in male flowers. Petals 4–5 mm long, cream to white. Male flowers usually with non-functional ovary. Female flower with some staminodes.
Capsule c. 5 mm diam., hairy with simple hairs, the mericarps each opening by 2 valves.
Distribution and occurrence:
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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