Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Callicarpa candicans (Burm.f.) Hochr.
Hochreutiner, B.P.G. (1934) Candollea 5: 190.
Great Woolly Malayan Lilac
Grows into a small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh but also flowers and fruits as a shrub.
Leaf blades variable, about 3.5-18 x 1.5-9 cm, petioles about 1.5-3.5 cm long, grooved on the upper surface. Lateral veins about 5-7 on each side of the midrib. Stellate hairs present on the leafy twigs, petioles and on both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade, being quite abundant on the underside and much sparser on the upper surface where they tend to be concentrated on the midrib and lateral veins. Numerous pale yellow glands visible on the underside of the leaf blade.
Peduncles, pedicels and outer surface of the calyx densely clothed in stellate hairs. Primary peduncles shorter than the petioles. Inner surface of the calyx glabrous. Corolla lobes glabrous but clothed in yellow glands on the outer surface, lobes about 1.4 x 2 m, tube about 2 mm long. Anther filaments about 4-8 mm long, purple, pollen cream or white, anthers clothed in yellow glands. Anthers about 1-1.1 x 0.6 mm. Ovary glabrous at the apex but clothed in yellow glands towards the base. Style long in female flowers and short in male flowers.
Cotyledons orbicular or wider than long, about 3-4 x 3-4.5 mm. First pair of true leaves obovate, margin usually toothed sometimes with only one or two teeth on each side. At the tenth leaf stage: stem, petiole and the underside of the leaf blade clothed in pale stellate hairs. Pale glands also visible on the underside of the leaf blade. Seed germination time 197 to 242 days.
A slow growing species that is cultivated as a shrub for the pinkish to purple flowers and fruits. This species is a fish poison.
This species has been used medicinally in Malaysia and Java. Cribb (1981).