Melochia umbellata (Houtt.) Stapf
Bull.Misc.Inform.Kew 317 (1913)

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

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Tuesday 1 October 1996

Shrub or tree, 1.5-15 m high. Fl. white/pink/blue-purple, Apr to Sep. Laterite, basalt, sandstone. Rocky gullies, scree slopes, in vine thickets.


Beard’s Provinces: Northern Province.

IBRA Regions: Northern Kimberley.

IBRA Subregions: Mitchell.

IMCRA Regions: Kimberley.

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

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

Herb or shrub. Stems glabrous. Leaves 75-270 mm long, 35-150 mm wide, not lobed; margins entire; indumentum present, with stellate hairs; stipules present and persistent to older leaves. Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 1.5-4 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) absent, NaN (?) mm long. Calyx green, 6-7 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, stellate hairs present. Corolla white, pink, blue or purple, 8-9 mm long, glabrous. Stamens five, free and inserted at the base of the ovary; filaments present, 2.5-4 mm long; anthers 1.4-1.6 mm long. Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs present, stellate hairs present; styles several, free and separate, arising from the summit of the ovary, 6 mm long, with five or numerous style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous. Flowering time April, May, June, July, August or September. Distribution Botanical Province Northern, IBRA Bioregion North Kimberley.