Tylophora barbata—Bearded Tylophora—APOCYNACEAE

Tylophora barbata

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Habitat— In and on the margins of Subtropical, Warm–temperate and Littoral rainforest.

Distribution— North from Lakes Entrance in Victoria to the Nundle district in New South Wales

Description—Slender climber or twiner, stems ± hairless

Local occurrences

Australian National Botanic Gardens Canberra and Barrington Tops National Park and Bulahdelah State Forest

Leaves.—Simple, entire, opposite, with clear latex and basal glands. Leaves broad–lanceolate to ovate, 2.5 to 7 cm long and up to 4 cm wide, apex mainly acuminate, base mostly cuneate to rounded, thin, both surfaces hairless, lower surface paler, veins faint. Basal glands 1 or 2; petiole 7 to 30 mm long, hairy.

Tylophora barbata
Tylophora barbata

Inflorescence.— Bisexual, 5 to 9 mm diam., purple–red, in short umbels of 3 to 5 flowers

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.— A follicle, fusiform, 5 to 7.5 cm long, seeds numerous, with a silky coma.

Ripe.—Summer