This introduced shrub is commonly known as firebush.
Hamelia patens is described as a "dicot" in the Rubiaceae family.
In the Queensland Nature Conservation Act it is not classified as it is not native to Queensland. Under the Federal Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act it is not classified.
Doubtfully naturalised in QLD (Queensland Flora Census 2020).
It has been recorded in the Wide Bay district in the Queensland Herbarium Census but is not listed as occurring in the Fraser Coast region in Queensland Herbarium Wildlife Online.
Fraser Coast distribution based on unverified field reports.