Odontonema tubaeforme (Bertol.) Kuntze APNI*
Synonyms: Odontonema strictum (Kuntze) Nees APNI*
Description: Rhizomatous shrub with erect stems 1–2 m high.; branches quadrangular, often longitudinally grooved, almost glabrous.
Leaves elliptic, up to 18 cm long and 8 cm wide; margin entire or crenulate; apex long-acuminate with tip sometimes curved to one side; lamina surface glabrous, except for hairs along midvein and secondary veins of lower surface.
Inflorescence terminal, raised above rest of plant, consisting of many, sessile 5- to 7-flowered dichasia in upper half of rachis. Calyx c. 2 mm long; lobes c. 1 mm long, glabrous. Corolla red, glabrous, 2–3 cm long; tube 15–18 mm long, widening into a narrow, 1-sided throat; lobes 4–5 mm long, ciliate at apex. Stamens included. Ovary ?glabrous; style 14–17 mm long, glabrous.
Fruits not formed (in Australia).
Distribution and occurrence: Found in Port Macquarie (North Coast) and East Blaxland (Central Coast - no herbarium record at NSW); also naturalised from Queensland and throughout the Pacific Islands. Native to Central America.
Naturalised as a garden escape.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by B.J. Conn (2005)
Taxon concept: R.M. Barker (1996)
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