Common name: Velvet Leaf
Callicarpa pedunculata R.Br. APNI*
Description: Shrub or small tree, mostly 3–4 m high, sparsely to densely hairy; hairs brownish, yellow-brown, stellate or irregularly branched, simple septate hairs also present.
Leaves with lamina narrow-ovate to oblong-ovate, 5–15 cm long, 3–6 cm wide, apex acuminate, base rounded to ± cordate, margins toothed, upper surface sparsely hairy, lower surface brownish tomentose; petiole mostly 5–10 mm long.
Inflorescences 2–3 cm long, rather lax, sometimes inserted a little above leaf axil; pedicels 0.5–1 mm long. Calyx 1–1.5 mm long. Corolla 2–3 mm long, purple or mauve.
Drupe globose, 2–4 mm diam., whitish to purple when ripe.
Flowering: mostly November–March
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in and near subtropical rainforest; north from Port Macquarie.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Previously included in the family Verbenaceae.
Text by B. J. Conn
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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