Clerodendrum tomentosum (Vent.) R.Br.
Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 510.
Hairy Clerodendrum; Lolly Bush; Hairy Clerodendron; Flowers of Magic; Downy Chance Tree; Witches Tongues
Leaf blades about 6-13 x 2.5-6 cm. Lateral veins curved throughout their length and leaf blade is densely clothed in white erect hairs on both the upper and lower surfaces. Stipules absent but twigs marked by scars which closely resemble stipular scars. Leaf bearing twigs densely clothed in pale erect hairs. Petioles hairy and shallowly channelled on the upper surface.
Three subspecies are recorded.
1. Clerodendrum tomentosum (Vent.) R.Br. var. tomentosum occurs in WA, NT, QLD and NSW usually in deciduous vine forest, coastal vegetation and river banks. It is distinguished in part by the leaf blades which can be elliptic, elliptic-oblong or broadly lanceolate with attenuate base.
2. Clerodendrum tomentosum var. mollissima Benth. occurs in deciduous vine thickets and coastal vegetation in WA, and rarely in NT. It is distinguished by the leaf blades which are very broadly ovate with an almost rounded leaf base.
3. Clerodendrum tomentosum var. lanceolatum (F.Muell.) Munir occurs in WA and in Qld near Chillagoe and inland areas south towards Rockhampton. It is distinguished in part by the leaf blades which are narrow-lanceolate and attenuate at both ends.