Clerodendrum floribundum, Fam. Lamiaceae
Slender shrub to small tree, between 3m and 5m high.
|Form or habit:||Shrub, Small tree|
Entire, narrow to broad, ovate to elliptic, 4-8 x 2-12cm, petioles with purple tint, glabrous.
|Flower description:||White, scented, cymes in upper leaf axil or terminal, tubular flowers approximately 0.8cm in diameter, flowering period mainly August to October.|
|Fruit description:||Blue black, fleshy, globular, shiny drupe in an enlarged red calyx, March to December.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest,Woodland/ open forest,Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest,Beach strand/ coastal dune|
|Distribution||Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales|
|Food source for:||Birds are attracted to the fruit (green cat bird, satin bowerbird), provides for the larval stage of the fiery-jewel and black spotted flash butterflies and the sandal-box hawk moth.|
|Toxicity:||Toxic if ingested|
|Notes:||Aboriginal people ate the root of this plant.|
|Information sources:||Beasley J. (2009) Plants of Cape York: The Compact Guide., Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia., Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|