Vitex rotundifolia L.f.
Linnaeus, C. von filius (1782) Supplementum Plantarum : 294. Type: Japan, Thunberg s.n.; holo: LINN.
Usually grows as a trailing vine over the surface of the sand but also flowers and fruits as a shrub 1-3 m tall.
Inflorescence about 3-13 cm long, pedicels densely glandular and tomentulose, about 0.5-2 mm long. Calyx cyathiform, glandular and silky-tomentulose outside, glabrous on the inner surface, shortly 5-toothed at the apex. Tube cylindrical, about 3-4.5 x 2-3 mm. Corolla tubular in the lower half, tube about 6-9 mm long, but 2-lipped and 5-lobed at the apex, glandular and silky-tomentulose on the outer surface, villous on the inner surface of the tube, the lateral lobes shorter. Stamens four, exserted, filaments about 3.6-8 mm long. Anthers about 1-2 mm long. Ovary densely glandular, about 1-1.5 mm diam., style exserted, glabrous, about 8-13 mm long, bifid at the apex.
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Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern Queensland. Altitudinal range very small being found on beaches just above the high water mark. Usually grows in strand vegetation but sometimes found in beach forest, monsoon forest and vine thickets. Also occurs in Asia, Malesia, New Caledonia and other Pacific islands.