Cephalaralia cephalobotrys —Climbing Panax—ARALIACEAE

Cephalaralia cephalobotrys

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Habitat— Grows in wet or dry rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest; chiefly on basalt-derived soil.

Distribution— North from Ulladulla and west to the Blue Mountain in New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Climber or scrambler, to 5 m high; young stems and petiole with retrorse bristles.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Boorganna Nature Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, stipules absent, petiole 4 to 12 cm long, petiolules 0.4 to 2.5 cm long, terminal petiolule at least twice as long as the lateral ones; leaflets narrow—ovate to ovate or oblong—lanceolate, 3 to 15 cm long, 1.5 to 7 cm wide, discolorous with upper surface darker and glossy; marginal teeth usually 2 mm long, each with an apical antrorse bristly hair.

Cephalaralia cephalobotrys
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Cephalaralia cephalobotrys

Inflorescence—Axes often densely but inconspicuously hairy; petals dark reddish purple or occasionally cream.

Flowering.—Spring to Autumn.

Fruit—c. 5 mm diam., black.

Ripe.—Spring to Autumn.

Cephalaralia cephalobotrys