Common name: Lasiandra, Purple Glory Bush
Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn. APNI*
Description: Shrubs or small trees, up to 4 m high. Young stems square in section.
Leaves narrow ovate to ovate, 4–12 cm long, 2–5cm wide, discolorous, covered with soft hairs that are longer onthe lower surface; apex acute to acuminate; petiole up to 2 mm long.
Inflorescences terminal, to 15 cm long, with 2 bracts subtending each cyme and large bracteoles enclosing each bud. Hypanthium densely appressed-hairy. Sepals 5, 12–15 mm long, deciduous. Petals 5, circular, deep blue-purple, up to 40 mm long. Anthers curved, the longer with an appendage c. 1 mm long, the shorter with smaller appendages.
Fruit a capsule.
Flowering: Flowers mainly in Summer.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of Brazil. Widely cultivated, occasionally naturalised on the North Coast. Also in Queensland.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC
Other Australian states: *Qld
Formerly known as Lasiandra or (incorrectly) as T. semidecandra.
Text by Peter G. Wilson
Taxon concept: Manual of the flowering plants of Hawai'i (ed. 2)
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