Clerodendrum floribundum (VERBENACEAE) Lolly Bush

Plants to Plant

Shrub or tree to 10 m, usually less, north from Taree district, NSW, on the margins of coastal rainforest. Leaves mostly smooth, though new growth sometimes hairy. Margins entire, apex obtuse to acuminate, base acute to rounded or cordate, petiole 2-7 cm long. White flowers either few-flowered and axillary in upper axils, or many-flowered and forming broad terminal corymbs. Fruit a black drupe, growing on an enlarged red fleshy calyx, attractively succulent, giving rise to the name. The leaves are host to the caterpillar of the Fiery Jewel Butterfly.

Photo: Melinda Mclean