Grewia retusifolia Kurz Dog's Balls
J.Asiat.Soc.Bengal 41:294 (1872)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Tuesday 17 September 1996

Erect or spreading shrub, (0.15-)0.3-1.5(-2) m high. Fl. white, Sep to Dec or Jan to May. Variety of soils.


Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Central Kimberley, Dampierland, Northern Kimberley, Ord Victoria Plain, Victoria Bonaparte.

IBRA Subregions: Berkeley, Fitzroy Trough, Hart, Mitchell, Mount Eliza, Ord, Ord-Victoria Plains P1, Pentecost, Pindanland, Victoria Bonaparte P1.

IMCRA Regions: Canning, Kimberley.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Broome, Derby-West Kimberley, Halls Creek, Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Wednesday 21 August 2019

Shrub or tree. Stems hairy. Leaves 50-120 mm long, 12-50 mm wide, not lobed; margins serrate; indumentum present, with non-tubercle-based simple hairs, with stellate hairs; stipules present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves). Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 4.5-5 mm long; indumentum present, with simple hairs, with stellate hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) absent. Calyx green, 6 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, simple hairs (without tubercle bases) present, stellate hairs present. Corolla white, 2.8 mm long, glabrous. Stamens many, free and inserted at the base of the ovary; filaments present, 1.8 mm long; anthers 0.3 mm long. Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs present; style 1, 6.5 mm long, with one style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous. Fruits indehiscent and not splitting into sections (drupes), length-width ratio more or less as long as wide, hairs and scales absent, scales absent; apex rounded; calyx persistent to mature fruit; seeds per loculus 2-4. Flowering time January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November or December. Distribution Botanical Province Northern, IBRA Bioregion North Kimberley, Victoria Bonaparte, Central Kimberley, Dampierland or Ord-Victorian-Plain.