Leaves alternate, green above, paler below.
Flowers are spade shaped with one large lobe.
Fruit is a small, ribbed capsule 4-5 mm with pitted seeds.
Hybanthus from the Greek hybos (bump) and anthos (flower) referring to the prominent bump of the petal. The previous name Enneasperma means nine-seeds.
The Violaceae are shrubs or herbs comprising about 16 genera and 800 species.
Photo: Robert Whyte
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– by Nan and Hugh Nicholson Vols I-VI
Create More Butterflies by Frank Jordan and Helen Schwencke – This book contains over 250 full colour photos of butterfly lifecyles and caterpillar food plants for 48 different species of butterflies that occur in the south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.