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Melochia tomentosa (Pyramid bush)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Melochia tomentosa

Melochia tomentosa L.

Pyramid Bush, Teabush, Red Rope, Velvety Melochia, Kidney Bush, Woolly Pyramidflower

Sterculiaceae (Cacao Family)

Synonym(s): Melochia tomentosa var. frutescens

USDA Symbol: METO4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


From the Image Gallery

17 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Inflorescence: Cyme , Umbel
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Flowers showy; hot pink or magenta.


Native Distribution: South Florida and South Texas in the US. Mexico, the West Indies and south to Brazil.
Native Habitat: Dry, open places on rocky limestone hills, in coastal thorn thickets, savanna, pineland, along roadsides, usually below 500 meters. (Goldberg).

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist


Attracts: Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0469 Collected Jun 29, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Melochia tomentosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Melochia tomentosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Melochia tomentosa


Record Modified: 2023-05-23
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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