*Pavonia hastata

Family Malvaceae

Spreading shrub to 1.5 m high. Longevity 5 – 10 years.

Flowers: Pink – purple with dark base. Some flowers remain closed and are self –pollinating.

Fruit: Dry hairy fruit to 8 mm diameter, splitting to release seeds.


Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native to South America.
  • Weed of disturbed areas, roadsides.
  • Minor weed at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Probably killed by fire.

Asterix * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Pavonia hastata plant

Pavonia hastata flower

Pavonia hastata fruit