Clerodendrum tomentosum R.Br.

Lolly Bush

Evergreen shrub or tree. Leaves ovate to elliptic to 12 cm long, 4 cm wide, softly hairy, the tip pointed, margins entire. Flower clusters terminal, of many flowers, softly hairy. Flowers white, the tube 2-2.5 cm long, usually hairy. Fruit black, about 1 cm long.

WA, NT, Qld, NSW


C. floribundum is occasionally offered and is similar to C. tomentosum but without the velvety hair cover.

C. inerme (L.) Gaertn., Scrambling Clerodendrum, from the NT, Qld and NSW is an evergreen erect or scrambling shrub to 5 m tall. Leaves ovate or elliptic, to 10 cm long, 4 cm wide, tip pointed, hairless; stalk to 2 cm long. Flower clusters of 3-7 flowers; year round. Calyx of 5 minute teeth. Corolla white, the tube to 3.5 cm long. Fruit about 1 cm long, black. Grows naturally in coastal forests.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Verbenaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Clerodendrum L.