Hypoestes phyllostachya Baker APNI*
Synonyms: Hypoestes sanguinolenta (Van Houtte) Hook.f. APNI*
Description: Perennial herb or subshrub to 1 m. Branches, petioles and young leaves densely hairy, the hairs long and white.
Leaves ovate to broadly lanceolate, lamina up to c. 5 cm long and 2 cm wide, dark green with pink to lilac spotting above, paler below; apex ± acuminate; base attenuate; margins shallowly crenate to ± entire, both surfaces usually sparsely hairy; petiole up to 2.5 cm long, densely hairy.
Flowers axillary, solitary; involucre 8–12 mm long; calyx c. 6 mm long; corolla lilac; tube c. 10 cm long; lips c. 0.7 cm long.
Capsule 8–12 mm long, glabrous.
Distribution and occurrence: Frequently cultivated, naturalised in NSW in Coorumbene Nature Reserve, SSW of Wauchope. Native of Madagascar. NSW: NC. Qld.
NSW subdivisions: *NC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by D.M. Crayn (2004)
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