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Lagunaria patersonia
(Andrews) G. Don, Malvaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  High risk, score: 7 (Go to the risk assessment).

Other Latin names:  Hibiscus patersonius Andrews

Common name(s): [more details]

English: cow-itch-tree, Norfolk hibiscus, Norfolk Island hibiscus, pyramid tree, sally wood, white oak, whitewood

Habit:  tree

Description:  "Tree to 20 or more m tall. Leaves subcoriaceous; lamina elliptic to broadly elliptic or lanceolate, (4-) 5-7 (-9) cm long, (1.3-) 2-3.5 (-5) cm broad, obtuse to acute at base, entire, obtuse to rounded, covered with fringed, appressed scales, very dense below, scattered above. Flowers with pedicels 1-2 cm long. Epicalyx reduced to a ridge surrounding base of calyx. Calyx 12-15 mm long, densely scaly; lobes 2-3 mm long, broadly triangular. Petals elliptic-lanceolate, 4-4.5 cm long, densely scaly dorsally, glabrous within, pink to rose-lilac, yellow towards base. Capsule spherical, 2-3 cm long; septae lined with irritating hairs c. 1 mm long"  (Flora of Australia online).

Habitat/ecology:  (no habitat/ecology info known by PIER)

Propagation:  Seed

Native range:  Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands (subsp. patersonia), eastern Queensland, Australia (subsp. bracteata (Benth.) P. S. Green)  (Flora of Australia online), cultivated and naturalized elsewhere (GRIN).

Presence:

Pacific
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Australia (Pacific offshore islands)
Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island native
Australian Biological Resources Study (2013)
Australia (Pacific offshore islands)
Norfolk Islands
Norfolk Island native
Australian Biological Resources Study (2013)
Pacific Rim
Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
Comments
Australia
Australia (continental)
New South Wales introduced
invasive
cultivated
National Herbarium of New South Wales (2013)
Australia
Australia (continental)
Queensland native
U.S. Dept. Agr., Agr. Res. Serv. (2013)


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This page was created on 18 DEC 2010 and was last updated on 17 MAY 2013.