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Hemp Bush

Gynatrix pulchella

Description:

A shrub that grows up to 8 feet. It had small five-petaled white flowers on long stalks. Petals were obovate and conspicuous making this a male plant. Leaves were elongated, soft and arranged alternately on stem.

Habitat:

Usually found in riparian forest, this bush was one of a few planted alongside a creek in a park.
It is an Australian native.

Notes:

The plant is dioecious - meaning male and female flowers are on separate plants. Male flowers have larger petals whilst the petals on the female are said to be no longer than the calyx. The plant has long fibres which were used by indigenous people to make baskets.
Family: Malvaceae

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2 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 months ago

Thank you Deny. Yes, the flowers are really small.

Deny
Deny 8 months ago

that's flower looking for tiny than the leaf . Lovely spotting !

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Aug 17, 2020
Submitted on Aug 24, 2020

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