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|Family: Malvaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Lagunaria||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Lagunaria patersonia (Andrews) G. Don
Habit: Shrub to small tree 2--10(15) m, evergreen. Stem: bark smooth, gray; twigs stellate-hairy. Leaf: petiole +- 1 cm; blade 5--10 cm, ovate, entire, pinnately veined, blunt, +- thick, leathery, olive-green, densely felty-stellate-hairy abaxially. Inflorescence: flowers generally 1 in leaf axils; flowering stalks stout; involucel lobes 3--5, generally ovate, enclosing flower bud, generally deciduous. Flower: 3.5--8 cm diam; sepals fused, lobes short; petals showy, reflexed, waxy, pink to rose-pink, fading white; anthers throughout filament tube; stigma club-shaped at top, lobes 5, radiating. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal, +- 4 cm, 2 cm diam before opening, filled with irritant hairs; chambers 5, walls firm, persistent, brown, fuzzy-hairy. Seed: reniform, smooth, orange to red when fresh.
Ecology: Coastal riparian forest; Elevation: < 10 m. Bioregional Distribution: SCo; Distribution Outside California: tropics, subtropics, eastern Australia, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island. Flowering Time: Jun--Aug Note: Producing seed and naturalized recently, only along Santa Margarita River (Hill 2009); salt tolerant.
eFlora Treatment Author: Steven R. Hill
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Lagunaria
Next taxon: Lavatera
Citation for this treatment: Steven R. Hill 2016. Lagunaria patersonia, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=85962, accessed on May 26, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on May 26, 2016.