This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(after Jose Francesco Correa de Serra, Portuguese author, 1750-1823). Rutaceae. Tender Australian shrubs, rarely cultivated under glass.
Shrubs, usually with dense, minute, stellate hairs: leaves opposite, 6talked, entire, and with transparent dots: flowers rather large, showy, red, white, yellow or green, usually pendulous, solitary or 2 or 3 together; petals and sepals each 4; stamens 8: carpels 4, nearly distinct. - Seven species. C. speciosa is probably the best and most variable species. It is a native of barren sandy plains, and belongs to the large and much-neglected class of Australian shrubs.
Ait. (C. cardinalis, F. Muell.). Tender shrub, 2-3 ft. high: branches slender, brown, opposite, oovered with minute rusty hairs: leaves opposite, about 1 in. long, elliptic, about a fourth as wide as long, wrinkled, dark green above, whitish below, margin entire, recurved: peduncles opposite, axillary, longer than the leaves, 1-flowered, with a pair of leafy bracts; flowers l 1/2 in. long, pendent, tubular, bright scarlet, with a very short limb of 4 spreading, greenish yellow segments; calyx small, cup-shaped, with 4 almost obsolete teeth; stamens 8, exserted, about 1/4in. B.M. 4912. - There are several varieties.
Andr. Fig. 1071. A compact and much-branched shrub, 3-4 ft., the branches rusty-tomentose: leaves variable, orbicular to obovate or elliptic, very blunt, 1/2 - l in. long: flowers white or pink, 2 or 3 together, not over 1/2in. long, and not so showy as preceding. B.R. 515. - Offered in S. Calif. Wilhelm Miller.
Fig. 1071. Correa alba. (X 1/5)