Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Clerodendrum floribundum R.Br. var. floribundum

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Leaves and flowers. © G. Sankowsky
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Brown, R. (1810) Prodr. : 511.

Common name

Lolly Bush; Abundant Clerodendron; Thurkoo; Clerodendrum; Clerodendrum, Smooth; Clerodendron, Abundant; Smooth Clerodendrum


A small tree not exceeding 30 cm dbh. Blaze often conspicuously layered.


Leaf bearing twigs pale brown. Leaf blades about 7-15 x 3.5-6 cm. Underside of the leaf blade marked by numerous, minute, flat or slightly depressed glands.


Corolla tube glabrous externally, long and slender, several times longer than the corolla lobes.


Calyx lobes persistent.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as north-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from sea level to 300 m. Generally grows in open forest and woodland but occasionally found in monsoon forest and vine thickets. Also occurs in New Guinea.

Natural History & Notes

Queensland Herbarium does not recognise the varieties and treats them all at species level.

A food plant for the larval stages of the Common Tit Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).

Not commonly cultivated though this is a hardy and adaptable shrub. Large terminal clusters of long tubular flowers are followed by black fruits in the red calyx. This plant used medicinally by Aborigines, wood decoction drunk for aches and pains. Cribb (1981).

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