Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Clerodendrum floribundum var. ovatum (R.Br.) Domin

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
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Domin, K. (1928) Bibliotheca Botanica 89(4): 1112.

Common name

Clerodendrum, Smooth; Smooth Clerodendrum


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


Leaf blades about 4.5-10 x 2-4 cm. Numerous translucent glands visible with a lens on the underside of the leaf blade. Leaf bearing twigs and petioles +/- reddish or purplish.


Calyx about 5-10 mm long, the lobes about 3-4 mm long. Corolla tube long and slender, about 20-30 mm long, glabrous externally, lobes about 3-5 mm long.


Fruit obovoid or globose, about 5-10 x 5-8 mm. Calyx red, about 10-25 mm diam., persistent at the base.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1200 m. Grows as an understory tree in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites. Also found in monsoon forest, beach forest and open forest. Also occurs in Malesia.

Natural History & Notes

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

Clerodendrum ovatum R.Br., Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 511(1810), Type: Queensland, South Wellesley Islands, Sept.- Oct 1802, R. Brown s.n.: Lecto: BM; iso: BM, LE, MEL. Clerodendrum floribundum var. latifolium F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 9: 5(1875). Clerodendrum ovalifolium (Juss.) Bakh., Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg Series 3 3: 95(1921). Clerodendrum populneum E.Beer & H.J.Lam, Blumea 2: 224(1936), Type: Papua New Guinea, Baroka, April 1933,L. J. Brass 3781, holo: L; iso: NY.
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