Clerodendrum tomentosum var tomentosum—Hairy Clerodendrum—LAMIACEAE

Clerodendrum tomentosum var tomentosum

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Habitat—Grows in or on the margins of warmer rainforest; widespread in coastal district.

Distribution— North from Batemans Bay area, inland to the upper Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

Description—Shrub or tree, 1 to 10 m high, usually velvety.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, 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, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Islands, Tiona, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, entire, tomentose, lamina ovate to elliptic, 4 to 14 cm long, 2 to 4.5 cm wide, apex acute or short—acuminate, base cuneate or rarely rounded, margins entire or coarsely toothed in juveniles, surfaces ± velvety but sometimes glabrescent with age; petiole 1 to 5 cm long.

Clerodendrum tomentosum var tomentosum
Clerodendrum tomentosum var tomentosum

Inflorescence—Cymes forming terminal corymbs, compact, many—flowered, usually velvety. Calyx 5 to 6 mm long, to c. 12 mm long in fruit, ± hairy; lobes acute to obtuse. Corolla white; tube 2 to 2.5 cm long; lobes 4 to 7 mm long, usually hairy.

Flowering.—October to February.

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

Ripe.—December to January.

Clerodendrum tomentosum var tomentosum