Kellogg, Proc. Calif. Acad. 1:14 (1854).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Large broad shrub to 3 m high, with robust bole, stellate-pubescent; leaves ovate to orbicular, 3-20 cm long, cordate, with 5-7 acute to rounded lobes, very coarsely dentate, on long petioles.
Peduncles 2-6 cm long, spreading, distally abruptly erect; epicalyx segments much shorter than the calyx, not enlarging after flowering; calyx tubular-campanulate, 10-18 mm long, strongly enlarging after flowering, the tube incurved over the fruit, the lobes spreading outwards; corolla 2.5-3 times the length of the calyx, deep-pink.
Mericarps 7-9 rarely ?6, 5-7 mm long, the upper surface flat to more or less rounded, smooth, with margins sharp, entire.
||Lavatera assurgentiflora twig, leaf and mericarp.
Image source: fig 437b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Sprague (1936) Curtis's Bot. Mag. 159:t. 9450.
Questionably naturalised here; planted in yards and gardens, it produces copious seedlings controlled by mowing, but as yet there is no evidence of a capacity to spread from the source plant.
native to islands off shore of California and naturalised in New Zealand.
Flowering time: July, Dec. (few records).
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