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Callicarpa nudiflora


Callicarpa nudiflora Hook. & Arn.

Family Name: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 3 m to 4 m


Native Distribution Asia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
Local Conservation Status Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Large shrub or small tree up to 4 m tall.
Foliage Leaves are ovate-elliptic to lanceolate (12-22 cm long, 4-7 cm wide). The upper surface is hairless, while the lower surface is covered in grey to grey-brown, matted hairs.
Stems Round stems are densely covered in long, white hairs.
Flowers Pink to purple flowers are arranged in a flat-topped inflorescence known as a cyme (8-13 cm wide).
Fruit Small fruits are 2 mm wide.
Etymology The genus Callicarpa is derived from the Greek words 'kalli' meaning beautiful and 'karpos' meaning fruit. Species nudiflora means with fully exposed or naked flowers.
Ethnobotanical Uses Medicinal: The shoots contain anti-cancer compounds (Mei et al 2010) and antioxidants (Luo et al 2014).

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate


Foliage Retention Deciduous
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate, Lanceolate, Elliptical)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Serrate / Toothed

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Pink, Purple
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Inflorescence Type Cyme

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Master ID 32266
Species ID 6674
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Species record last updated on: 13 December 2022.