Celastrus subspicata —Large-leaved Staff Vine—CELASTRACEAE

Celastrus subspicata

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Habitat—Grows in warmer rainforest; chiefly in coastal districts,

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

Description—Climbing dioecious shrub, ± glabrescent except young growth and inflorescences pubescent; stems mostly red—brown or dark brown; young branchlets with narrow—triangular to subulate ± entire scales at base.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Copeland, Karloo Street Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Stephen Street Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, toothed, stipules present; elliptic or lanceolate to ovate, mostly 5 to 15 cm long, 2 to 7 cm wide, apex mostly acute to acuminate, margins entire or toothed; petiole 3 to 13 mm long.

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Inflorescence— In terminal panicles on pedicels to 5 mm long, yellowish green. Sepals 1 to 1.5 mm long. Petals 2.2 to 3 mm long.

Flowering.—November to December.

Fruit—Capsule ellipsoid to ovoid, 5 to 9.5 mm long, yellowish, inner surface with few or no red spots; seeds 4.5 to 6 mm long, aril orange or yellow—green.

Ripe.—August to October.

Celastrus subspicata