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Pavonia hastata Cav. APNI*
Description: Spreading shrub to 1.5 m high.
Leaves with lamina ovate-cordate to oblong-hastate, 1–6 cm long, mostly 10–25 mm wide, crenate, scabrous above, hoary-tomentose below; petiole to 3 cm long; stipules subulate.
Flowers solitary on peduncles usually shorter than the leaves; sometimes cleistogamous. Epicalyx nearly as long as calyx. Calyx c. 6 mm long, tomentose. Petals to 12 mm long, reddish purple with a dark base. Stamens 12.
Fruit a schizocarp, c. 8 mm diam., usually pubescent. Cleistogamous flowers are smaller with petals shorter than the calyx and with only 5 stamens.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *NT, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld
Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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