Common name: Norfolk Island Hibiscus
Lagunaria patersonia (Andrews) G.Don APNI*
Description: Tree to 20 m or more tall with young stems and most other parts densely covered with minute, scurfy, often fringed, appressed scales.
Leaves entire, subcoriaceous, lamina ellitpic to broad-elliptic or lanceolate, 4 - 9 cm long, 1.3 - 5 cm wide, apex obtuse or rounded, scales very dense on underside of leaf.
Epicalyx reduced to a ridge surrounding the base of calyx; calyx 12–15 mm long, densely scaley, lobes 2–3 mm long, broadly triangular; petals elliptic-lanceolate, 4–4.5 mm long, densely scaly dorsally, glabrosu within, pink to rose-lilac,yellow towards base.
Capsule spherical, 2–3 mm long, septae lines with irritating hairs c. 1 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers November–February
Distribution and occurrence: LHI NC CC; Qld SA, Norfolk Island.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld *S.A.
Two subspecies are often recognised. Lagunaria patersonia subsp. patersonia (Andrews) G.Don. found on Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. Lagunaria patersonia subsp. bracteatus (Benth.) P.S.Green occurs in Qld, and is quickly distinguished by its caducous, cupular epicalyx.
Text by Louisa Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of Australia Volume 49 (1994)
Taxa not yet included in identification key
Lagunaria patersonia subsp. bracteatus,
Lagunaria patersonia subsp. patersonia
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