Callicarpa pedunculata —Velvet Leaf—LAMIACEAE

Callicarpa pedunculata

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Habitat—Grows in and near subtropical rainforest;

Distribution— North from Port Macquarie in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree, mostly 3 to 4 m high, sparsely to densely hairy; hairs brownish, yellow—brown, stellate or irregularly branched, simple septate hairs also present.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops and Tallwoods.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, toothed, stipules absent. Lamina narrow—ovate to oblong-ovate, 5 to 15 cm long, 3 to 6 cm wide, apex acuminate, base rounded to ± cordate, margins toothed, upper surface sparsely hairy, lower surface brownish tomentose; petiole mostly 5 to 10 mm long.

Callicarpa pedunculata
Callicarpa pedunculata

Inflorescence—2 to 3 cm long, rather lax, sometimes inserted a little above leaf axil; pedicels 0.5 to 1 mm long. Calyx 1 to 1.5 mm long. Corolla 2 to 3 mm long, purple or mauve.

Flowering.—November to March.

Fruit—Drupe globose, 2 to 4 mm diam., whitish to purple when ripe.

Ripe.—February.

Callicarpa pedunculata