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Jovellana sinclairii

Slipper flower family: Calceolariaceae

Jovellana sinclairii is a herb or subshrub with light green, glandular-pubescent oval lobed leaves. The flowers are quite distinct with a pair of large and showy concave petals. A small genus of plants found in Chile and with two species endemic to New Zealand.
An endemic species found as isolated populations from East Cape (Hicks Bay) southwards.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: tree up to 30 cm

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 5-10 mm diam.

Leaf form: ovate

Sepals: 4

Leaf size: 5-8 cm

Petals: 2, white, spotted purple

Leaf arrangement: opposite pairs

Sexuality: bisexual

Leaf attachment:

Stamens: 2

Leaf margin: toothed

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface: hairs

Fruit: dry