,, Miller, Gard. Dict. edn 8, n. 15 (1768).
Synonymy: A. arborescens L., Mant. Alt. 216 (1771); Gomphocarpus arborescens (L.)R. Br., On Asclepiad. 27 (1810).
Common name: Broad-leaved cotton-bush.
Stout woody branching shrub, c. 1 m high, branches pubescent; petiole c. 5 mm long; leaves to 6 cm long, c. 3 cm wide, decussate, ovate-oblong, midrib prominent below, with appressed hairs, veining oblique, margins prominent, ciliate.
Inflorescence umbellate, 6-20-flowered; peduncles erect, pubescent; pedicels densely pubescent, erect in flower, deflexed in fruit; calyx small, pubescent, 5-lobed; corolla-lobes 5, inner white, pubescent, outer purple, deflexed; corona lobes white with a pinkish base, oblique at the apex.
Follicles 7-8 cm long, ovoid-acuminate, erect at maturity, outer surface pubescent, and usually covered with soft spines, c. 5 mm long, inner surface smooth, shiny, whitish; seeds numerous, c. 6 mm long, c. 4 mm wide, brown, oblanceolate, flattish, coma of dense silky hairs c. 3 cm long.
Vic. Native to South Africa.
Flowering time: April — Dec.
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Weed of waste places, larval food plant of the wanderer butterfly.
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