Austrosteenisia blackii var. blackii —Blood Vine—FABACEAE

Austrosteenisia blackii

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Habitat—Grows in warmer rainforest on the coast and coastal ranges.

Distribution—North from the Hunter River in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Tall woody climber, young branches and leaves± rusty pubescent, glabrescent with age.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Dixon Property, Red Head, Waitui Falls and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, mostly 8 to 18 cm long; leaflets 7 to 11, ovate to obovate, 3 to 9 cm long, 15 to 50 mm wide, apex short-acuminate or bluntly pointed, margins entire, upper surface ± glabrous, lower surface ± sparsely appressed-hairy; petiole 1 to 5 cm long, stipels present.

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Austrosteenisia blackii

Inflorescence—Corolla 5 to 8 mm long, maroon.

Flowering.November

Fruit—Pod 4 to 8 cm long, 10 to 20 mm wide, sparsely hairy; seeds 2 to 5.

Ripe.—March

Austrosteenisia blackii