Scientific Name:
Tibouchina Aubl., Hist. Pl. Guiane 445-446 (1775)
Vernacular Name(s):
Glory bush

Small to medium-sized trees, shrubs, subshrubs, more rarely herbs or climbers, generally hirsute or hispid.  Lvs petiolate;  lamina with 3–7 longitudinal veins, the outermost close to the entire margins.  Infl. a terminal panicle or fls solitary.  Calyx hirsute to hispid, 5-lobed.  Petals 5, generally rather large, violet or purple, usually obovate.  Stamens 10, equal or unequal; connective without appendages or with 2 lobes or tubercles at base.  Ovary 5-locular, free or adnate to calyx, with apex hispid or hirsute.  Fr. a capsule enclosed by persistent calyx tube.

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]

Number of species in New Zealand within Tibouchina Aubl.
Exotic: Fully Naturalised1
Exotic: Casual1
Aublet, J.B.C.F. 1775: Histoire des Plantes de la Guiane Francoise. Pierre-François Didot Jeune, London, Paris.
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.
Mabberley, D.J. 2008: Mabberley's plant book, a portable dictionary of plants, their classification and uses. Edition 3. Cambridge University Press.