Lagunaria patersonia (Andrews) G. Don

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Lagunaria patersonia

Photo: Penny English
Bulawayo Golf Course

Lagunaria patersonia

Photo: Penny English
Bulawayo Golf Course

Lagunaria patersonia

Photo: Penny English
Bulawayo Golf Course

Lagunaria patersonia

Photo: Penny English
Bulawayo Golf Course

Lagunaria patersonia

Photo: Penny English
Bulawayo Golf Course

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Synonyms: Hibiscus patersonianus Andrews
Lagunaria patersonii (Andrews) G. Don
Common names: Cow itch tree (English) Itch tree (English) Norfolk Island hibiscus (English) Primrose tree (English) Pyramid tree (English)
Description: Tree to 15 m tall, with a columnar or slender pyramidal shape. Leaves 5-10 cm long, thickly-textured, elliptic, evergreen, entire; silvery-tomentose beneath when young, becoming grey-green. Flowers 4.5 - 7.5 cm across, borne in the axils on short, thick, pedicels. Epicalyx of 3-5 broad segments which are fused in bud enclosing the flower. Sepals connate into a shortly 5-lobed calyx. Petals pink to mauve, fading to white. Style with 5 radiating stigmatic lobes. Fruit a brown, 5-valved, loculicidal, capsule which is retained on the tree for some months. The interior of the capsule is filled with white 'fibre-glass' hairs, which are irritant, and responsible for the vernacular names of Itch Tree and Cow Itch Tree. The seeds are smooth and kidney-shaped.
Notes: There seems to be some ambiguity over the specific name, which is sometimes spelt 'patersonii'. We have followed The Plant List, the International Plant Names Index and The Lagunaria Page in using patersonia'.
Derivation of specific name: patersonia: after Colonel W. Paterson who first sent the seeds of the species to England
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Worldwide distribution: Native to Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island, coastal Queensland, and perhaps northeast New South Wales; commonly cultivated as a street tree in many other parts of the world
Growth form(s): Tree.
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Literature:

Hinsley, S.R. (2004-). Malvaceae Info (http://www.malvaceae.info)

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External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Lagunaria patersonia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Lagunaria patersonia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Lagunaria patersonia
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Lagunaria patersonia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Lagunaria patersonia
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Lagunaria patersonia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Lagunaria patersonia
iNaturalist: Lagunaria patersonia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Lagunaria patersonia
JSTOR Plant Science: Lagunaria patersonia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Lagunaria patersonia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Lagunaria patersonia
Plants of the World Online: Lagunaria patersonia
The Plant List (version 1.1): Lagunaria patersonia
Tropicos: Lagunaria patersonia
Wikipedia: Lagunaria patersonia


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Lagunaria patersonia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/species.php?species_id=167140, retrieved 18 November 2019

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