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Petunia axillaris (Lam.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.
Family Solanaceae
Petunia axillaris (Lam.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb. APNI*

Description: Annual or short-lived perennial herb, usually 30–80 cm high, branches erect or decumbent, glandular-hairy.

Leaves ovate to elliptic, 2–7 cm long, 15–40 mm wide, apex acute; lower leaves alternate, petiolate; upper leaves sometimes opposite, sessile or almost so, decreasing in size on flowering stems.

Pedicels 2–4 cm long. Calyx 10–20 mm long; lobes oblong. Corolla white; tube obconical, scarcely inflated, 30–45 mm long; limb rotate to broad-stellate, 40–60 mm diam.; lobes rounded. Stamens inserted at middle of corolla tube, filaments 10–15 mm long; anthers 2–3 mm long. Style 20–30 mm long, erect.

Capsule 8–12 mm long, not or shortly exceeded by calyx lobes.


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Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Occasionally grown as an ornamental, naturalised in wasteland, chiefly north from Sydney. Native of S Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NWS, *CWS, *NWP
Other Australian states: *Qld
AVH map***

It is uncertain whether naturalised plants are introductions of this species or reversion of the garden Petunia to a P. axillaris-like form.

Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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