Page created 28 December 2012 CC-BY Australian Tropical Herbarium unless otherwise indicated in the images. Vitex rotundifolia is a species of Vitex that is native to seashores throughout the Pacific. Usually grows in strand vegetation but sometimes found in beach forest, monsoon forest and vine thickets. Vitex rotundifolia L.f. Vitex taihangensis L.B.Guo & S.Q.Zhou. Ovary densely glandular, about 1-1.5 mm diam., style exserted, glabrous, about 8-13 mm long, bifid at the apex. Vitex is technically the name for the largest genus in the family Verbenaceae, which comprises 250 species distributed all over the world. This plant has no children Legal Status. Twigs, petioles and both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade clothed in pale velvety hairs. This species was collected by Banks and Solander at Cooktown in 1770. Copyright R.L. Calyx cyathiform, glandular and silky-tomentulose outside, glabrous on the inner surface, shortly 5-toothed at the apex. Corolla tubular in the lower half, tube about 6-9 mm long, but 2-lipped and 5-lobed at the apex, glandular and silky-tomentulose on the outer surface, villous on the inner surface of the tube, the lateral lobes shorter. Stamens four, exserted, filaments about 3.6-8 mm long. On beaches above high tide level, dunes. Also occurs in Asia, Malesia, New Caledonia and other Pacific islands. This plant is a weed in the USA. Altitudinal range very small being found on beaches just above the high water mark. It has a sprawling growth habit and produces runners that root regularly at nodes. Vitex rotundifolia L. f. – roundleaf chastetree Subordinate Taxa. This woody perennial plant typically grows approximately 1 … White sand. It is native to Asia, including China and Japan, and also to Oceania, including Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Atlas of Living Australia acknowledges Australia’s Traditional Owners and pays respect to the past and present Elders of the nation’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It has demonstrated a very high invasive potential in coastal habitats along the southeastern United States, where it is disrupting native coastal ecosystems. The most common variety of vitex used medicinally is chaste tree, which produces chasteberry (Vitex agnus-catus), a small brown berry fruit about the size of peppercorn. Leaf blades small, about 1.7-4.5 x 0.8-3 cm, petioles about 0.5 cm long. Usually grows as a trailing vine over the surface of the sand but also flowers and fruits as a shrub 1-3 m tall. The vitex species are deciduous shrubs. Anthers about 1-2 mm long. ; holo: LINN. It has rounded greyish purple leaves and terminal spikes of white-pale purple flowers. A team of scientists, including Prof Youngwan Seo from the Division of Marine Bioscience at Korea Maritime and Ocean University, discovered that a salt marsh plant native to countries across the Pacific seas from Korea to Australia, Hawaii, and India, called Vitex rotundifolia, may hold the secrets to a novel anti-malaria drug. The specific epithet rotundifolia is from the Latin rotundatus, rounded, and folius, leaves, in reference to the round-shaped leaves of this species. Leaves and flowers. Vitex repens Blanco. This plant is a weed in the USA. Tube cylindrical, about 3-4.5 x 2-3 mm. The growth range extends from Florida to New Jersey coast, and west to eastern Texas and Oklahoma. Type: Japan, Thunberg s.n. Plants are tough as nails growing happily in very dry, infertile soils. Its range includes continents and islands stretching from India east to Hawaii and from Korea south to Australia. Wetland Status. This Vitex is a prostrate trailing shrub with rounded deciduous bluish green leaves about 2" in diameter. variety: Vitex rotundifolia var. Vitis rotundifolia, or muscadine, is a grapevine species native to the southeastern and south-central United States. the Genus Vitex L. (Verbenaceae) in Australia. The roundleaf chastetree (Vitex rotundifolia) belongs to Verbenaceae (the Verbena family). This woody perennial plant typically grows approximately 1 m in height. Image use policy   Vitex rotundifolia was intentionally introduced for horticultural use. Its range includes continents and islands stretching from India east to Hawaii and from Korea south to Australia. beach at Trinity  and Wangetti beaches, North Queensland. Sprawling prostrate to ascending shrub, to 0.5(-1.5) m high. Beach vitex is reported to be native to Indo-Malaysia and Hawaii, but is found from China, Taiwan, and Japan south to Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Australia, Pacific Islands, and Hawaii. It has a sprawling growth habit and produces runners that root regularly at nodes. The species is native to Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, China (Anhui, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hebei, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Liaoning, Shandong, Yunnan and Zhejiang), India (Andaman Islands, Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Nicobar Islands, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Western Bengal), Indonesia (Java, Kalimantan, Lesser Sunda Islands, Moluccas, … Vitex rotundifolia, commonly called beach vitex or round-leaf vitex, is a prostrate-sprawling woody shrub that grows to 1-2' tall with an indefinite spread to 10-15' or more. Vitex rotundifolia, the roundleaf chastetree or beach vitex is a species of Vitex that is native to seashores throughout the Pacific. Native Environment: Asia to Australia AKA: Roundleaf vitex: Introduction. Fantastic Australian native growing to about 1m in height. Common Name: close up, flowers Photograph by: Unknown Image credit to ... through Asia to northern Australia and the Pacific Islands. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Australia License. Problems Caused Beach vitex (Vitex rotundifolia L.f.) is a deciduous woody vine that was introduced to the Southeastern U.S. from Korea in the mid-1980’s. Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern Queensland. Foreign distribution: Vitex rotundifoliais native to coastal habitats in the western Pacific from Korea and Japan southward throughout tropical southeastern Asia, as well as northern Australia, Fiji, and New Caledonia (NGRP, 2013; Yeeh et al., 1996). Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Australia License, © Roger Fryer and Jill Newland  2012 - 2017, http://keys.trin.org.au/key-server/data/0e0f0504-0103-430d-8004-060d07080d04/media/Html/taxon/Vitex_rotundifolia.htm. In 1847, Schauer recorded all of Robert Brown's new Vitex species from Australia … Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) is a lovely deciduous tree that will grow to heights of 10 to 20 feet and will spread out nearly as far. Lateral veins about 5-9 on each side of the midrib, difficult to discern on either the upper or lower leaf blade surfaces. Hawaiian Names: Pōlinalina is an OÊ»ahu name for this plant. Calyx about 5-6.5 mm long, persistent at the base. Fruits globose, about 4-5.5 x 5-6.5 mm, clothed in small globular glands. Fl. Its range includes continents and islands stretching from India east to Hawaii and from Korea south to Australia. Usually grows in strand vegetation but sometimes found in beach forest, monsoon forest and vine thickets. Of the remaining two species, V ovata was later found to be a synonym of V. rotundifolia L.f. It is a deciduous shrub that is native to Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu of Japan, as well as Southeast Asia and Australia. Page edited 28 May 2017 We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. A rambling, low growing sub-shrub attaining a height of 1-2’ and sprawling up to 8’ in width. The rounded, silver cast foliage emits a pleasant, spicy fragrance and draws attention throughout the growing season. Description: Vitex rotundifolia (beach vitex) is a species of Vitex that is native to seashores throughout the Pacific. Its range includes continents and islands stretching from India east to Hawaii and from Korea south to Australia. © Roger Fryer and Jill Newland  2012 - 2017. Vitex integerrima Mill. This woody perennial plant typically grows approxima Vitex rotundifolia is a sprawling shrub 6 to 8 feet in diameter and 6 inches to 2 feet tall, but reaching 4 ... Australia, Pacific Islands, and Hawaii. The generic name Vitex is derived from the Latin viere, to bind or twist, in reference to the flexible creeping stems of some species. This woody perennial plant typically grows approximately 1 m in height. Hardy, salt tolerant and waterwise creeping specimen for rural & urban gardens as well as streetscapes and coastal areas. Kuntze. The clusters of purple flowers that appear in late spring are strikingly beautiful and will attract honeybees, butterflies and hummingbirds to the landscape. It has bright blue flowers in late summer. Vitex ovata Thunb. Inflorescence about 3-13 cm long, pedicels densely glandular and tomentulose, about 0.5-2 mm long. Linnaeus, C. von filius (1782) Supplementum Plantarum : 294. This shrub grows on sandy soils of beaches and can reach about 50 cm in height. Vitex rotundifolia. Interpreting Wetland Status ... Australia-Western Australia-FloraBase (VIRO80) FL-Florida International University (VIRO80) Forestry Images (VIRO80) I have grown Vitex rotundifolia for 5 years now (even moved it once) and its only drawback is … In Hawaii, Pohinahina grows along the coast on sandy beaches, dunes, and rocky shorelines. It occurs naturally up to This woody perennial plant typically grows approximately 1 m in height. Also occurs in Asia, Malesia, New Caledonia and other Pacific islands. Occurs in WA, NT, CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as south-eastern Queensland. Munir, A.A., (1987) A Taxonomic Revision of blue-purple/blue, Mar to Jul. I live in zone 5B but have many zone 6 micro-climates. This work is licensed under a Vitex History & Interesting Facts. Barrett. At maturity, V. rotundifolia produces blue-purple flowers that are born… This rooting pattern allows the plant to spread rapidly. The Atlas of Florida Plants provides a source of information for the distribution of plants within the state and taxonomic information. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Rating Content; Positive: On Sep 14, 2015, dydyko from Millbrook, NY (Zone 5b) wrote: This plant is not invasive in cooler zones. Vitex rotundifolia, the roundleaf chastetree or beach vitex is a species of Vitex that is native to seashores throughout the Pacific. Small clusters of blue flowers provide added appeal late in the growing season. Vitex agnus-castus ovata (Thunb.) Vitex rotundifolia L.f. Beach Vitex A small creeper on the beach at Trinity and Wangetti beaches, North Queensland. Fantastic Australian native growing vitex rotundifolia australia about 1m in height the 16th century bifid at apex... Unknown Image credit to... through Asia to Australia, where it is native to Asia, including China Japan. 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