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SALLYWOOD (Lagunaria patersonia)
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Sallywood Lagunaria patersonia

Lagunaria patersonia          Sallywood     Family MALVACEAE


A tall tree to 15m high, with a straight trunk, dropping its white‑pink hibiscus‑like flowers in summer. A common tree of the lowlands; also found on the Queensland coast and on Norfolk Island where the flowers are deep pink; sold in nursery trade in Australia.


Leaves alternate, elliptic ‑rhomboid, 8cm x 3.5cm. Top mid- green, underside covered in dense white scales. Flowers (Oct‑Feb) white with pink tinges, 5cm, hibiscus‑like. Fruit a brown globular capsule 20mm, with stiff, irritating hairs inside.

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