Correa pulchella

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Correa pulchella
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C. pulchella
Binomial name
Correa pulchella
Synonyms
  • Correa minor (Ashby) J.M.Black
  • Correa neglecta Ashby
  • Correa reflexa var. pulchella (J.Mackay ex Sweet) Court
  • Correa rubra Smith var. pulchella (Sweet) J.M. Black

Correa pulchella (salmon correa, Australian fuchsia) is a species of flowering plant in the family Rutaceae. It is small evergreen shrub, endemic to South Australia.[1] It grows to 0.3–1 m (1 ft 0 in–3 ft 3 in) in height and 1–2 m (3 ft 3 in–6 ft 7 in) in width. The leaves are linear-oblong to broadly ovate. The pendent, tubular flowers appear between April and September in the species' native range. These are pink-red, orange, or rarely white, and have yellow anthers.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

The species was first formally described in 1827 in Flora Australasica with reference to plants grown by J. Mackay at his Clapton Nursery in England. The plants had been raised from seed collected from Kangaroo Island by William Baxter.[2]

Cultivation[edit]

Correa pulchella is regarded as one of the most attractive Correa species.[3] It prefers dry summers with low humidity and well-drained alkaline soils.[3] Propagation from seed is difficult, however semi-mature stem cuttings strike readily.[3] It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]

Cultivars[edit]

Cultivars include:

  • 'Little Cate', a seedling selection of garden origin with prominently displayed bright pink flowers. It is thought to be a hybrid between two different forms.[5]
  • 'Pink Mist', a pale-pink flowering form selected from a wild population on the southern Yorke Peninsula .[6]
  • 'Dusky Bells', Correa pulchella × Correa reflexa

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Correa pulchella J.Mackay ex Sweet". Electronic Flora of South Australia Fact Sheet. State Herbarium of South Australia. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  2. ^ "Correa pulchella". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  3. ^ a b c "Correa pulchella". Australian Native Plants Society (Australia). Retrieved 2009-05-07.
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Correa pulchella". Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Correa 'Little Cate'". Australian Cultivar Registration Authority. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  6. ^ "Correa 'Pink Mist'". Australian Cultivar Registration Authority. Retrieved 2009-05-06.

External links[edit]

Media related to Correa pulchella at Wikimedia Commons