Melochia corchorifolia L.
Sp.Pl. 2:675 (1753)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Tuesday 1 October 1996

Erect annual or perennial (short-lived), herb, (0.1-)0.4-1(-2) m high. Fl. pink/red-purple, Feb to Jun or Aug to Sep. Sand, basalt rock, loam. Damp or seasonally wet areas, river & creek beds.

Distribution

Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province.

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

IBRA Subregions: Berkeley, Fitzroy Trough, Mitchell, Pentecost, Pindanland, Victoria Bonaparte P1.

IMCRA Regions: Cambridge-Bonaparte, Canning.

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

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Tuesday 29 August 2017

Herb or shrub. Stems glabrous or hairy. Leaves 9-135 mm long, 5-65 mm wide, not lobed; margins serrate; indumentum present, with stellate hairs; stipules present and persistent to older leaves, 15-30 mm long. Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 1 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) absent, 5-6 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, glabrous. Calyx green, 2 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, stellate hairs present. Corolla red, pink or purple, 5-6 mm long, glabrous. Stamens five, free and inserted at the base of the ovary; anthers 2 mm long, indumentum absent (anthers glabrous). Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs present. Flowering time February, March, April, May, June or August. Distribution Botanical Province Northern, IBRA Bioregion North Kimberley, Victoria Bonaparte, Central Kimberley or Dampierland.