Clerodendrum floribundum var. attenuatum—Lolly Bush—LAMIACEAE

Clerodendrum floribundum var. attenuatum

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Habitat—Grows on the margins of coastal rainforest.

Distribution— Occurs chiefly north from Taree district in New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Description—Shrub or tree, 2 to 10 m high, usually glabrous or young branches sometimes hairy.

Local occurrences

Boorganna Nature Reserve, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Coocumbac Island, Tallwoods and Tuncurry Flora Park.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, without oil dots, mainly hairless. Lamina variable, usually ovate or elliptic, sometimes ± obovate, 4 to 15 cm long, 2 to 6 cm wide, apex obtuse to acuminate, base acute to rounded or cordate, margins entire, surfaces glabrous; petiole 2 to 7 cm long.

Clerodendrum floribundum var. attenuatum
Clerodendrum floribundum var. attenuatum

Inflorescence— Cymes either few—flowered and axillary in upper axils, or many—flowered and forming broad terminal corymbs. Calyx 5—6 mm long, 8—12 mm long in fruit; lobes acute to obtuse. Corolla white; tube 2.5—3 cm long; lobes 5—7 mm long, ± glabrous.

Flowering.—August to December

Fruit—Drupe black, 8 to 10 mm long, seated in the enlarged red fleshy calyx.

Ripe.—October to February.

Clerodendrum floribundum var. attenuatum