Ripogonum album—White Supplejack—RIPOGONACEAE.

Ripogonum album

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Habitat—Grows in littoral, subtropical and warm-temperate rainforest; widespread in coastal, to the escarpment ranges.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Stout climber with stems to c. 15 m long, sometimes shrub—like when young; stems glabrous, usually prickly.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple with 3 or more distinct longitudinal veins extending practically to the apex of the lamina; opposite, alternate or more usually in whorls of 3, lamina ± elliptic to ovate, 8 to 17 cm long, 3 to 5.5 cm wide, apex acute, base tapering into petiole, lamina glabrous, thick and stiff, finer reticulate veins prominent in dried leaves; petiole 5 to 13 mm long, mostly thick and twisted.

Ripogonum album
Ripogonum album

Inflorescence.—Axillary, many—flowered; pedicels 2—7 mm long. Tepals 6-8 mm long, creamish. Stamens 7—9 mm long.

Flowering.—Spring to Early Summer.

Fruit.—Berry globose, 6 to 15 mm diam., black; seeds 1—few

Ripe.—January to February.

Ripogonum album