Pseuderanthemum variabile—Pastel Flower—ACANTHACEAE.

Pseuderanthemum variabile

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Habitat—Grows in a variety of coastal habitats, especially rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest.

Distribution— North from Bega district in New South Wales and into Queensland. Also in Northern Territory.

Description— Perennial herb, mostly 15 to 30 cm high, branches hairy.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Waitui Falls, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—Often jointed at base; lamina lanceolate to ovate, usually 2 to 7 cm long, 3 to 40 mm wide, apex acute to obtuse, margins ± entire, upper surface with cystoliths, lower surface sometimes purple and gland—dotted; petiole 5 to 30 mm long.

Pseuderanthemum variabile
Pseuderanthemum variabile

Inflorescence.— Elongate, terminal flowers usually showy, lower ones small and often cleistogamous; pedicels 1 to 8 mm long; bracteoles 2 to 4 mm long. Calyx 4 to 8 mm long. Corolla white to mauve, sometimes with darker spots on lower lobe; tube mostly 10 to 15 mm long, lobes 5 to 8 mm long.

Flowering.—December to May.

Fruit.—Capsule 10 to 15 mm long, pubescent or glabrous

Ripe.—Late Summer to Winter.

Pseuderanthemum variabile