Scientific Name:
Pleroma urvilleanum (DC.) P.J.F.Guim. & Michelang., Taxon 68: 991 (2019)
  • Lasiandra urvilleana DC.
  • Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn.

Densely hairy shrub to c. 3 m high (sometimes taller in cultivation). Shoot quadrangular, tomentose; angles often with reddish hairs. Petioles short, tomentose. Lamina 4.5–11 × 2–5 cm, ovate to almost elliptic, villous on both sides, greenish white beneath, 5-veined; marginal hairs usually reddish (except in shade); apex acute. Bracts large, ovate, almost villous. Calyx c. 2 cm long, ± hispid with hairs often reddish; lobes 6–8 mm long, lanceolate. Petals 2.5–3.5 cm long, purple, obovate. Stamens very unequal; filaments mauve; anthers c. 1.5 cm long, slender and curved, purple, ± crimped. Style c. 3 cm long, shining crimson-mauve. Capsule 10–12 mm long, urceolate, hispid, with apex irregularly toothed.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4. as Tibouchina urvilleana (DC.) Cogn.]

Guimarães, P.J.F.; Michelangeli, F.A.; Sosa, K.; Santiago Gómez, J.R. de 2019: Systematics of Tibouchina and allies (Melastomataceae: Melastomateae): A new taxonomic classification. Taxon 68(5): 937–1002.
Wilcox, M.; Bradshaw, C.; Cameron, E. 2004: Woody plants of the Auckland Domain. Auckland Botanical Society Journal 59(1): 44–56.