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Glory bush, Princess flower Tibouchina urvilleana

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Common Name
Glory bush, Princess flower

Shrub or small tree up to 4 m tall (Melastomataceae), native to southern Brazil. Flowers are showy and comprise five petals. Leaves are lanceolate, and have several prominent longitudinal veins. Upper leaf surfaces are often edged in red, are hairy. Fruit are fig-shaped and can contain numerous tiny seeds.

Why is it a problem?
Plants from this genus are known to spread long distances by humans who cultivate the plant. Can also spread vegetatively when branches touch the ground, and during dumping of garden debris.
Where is it a problem?
Naturalized in New Zealand, parts of the United States - Hawai'i, and elsewhere in the Pacific, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

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