Cynanchum elegans—White-flowering Wax Vine—APOCYNACEAE.

Cynanchum elegans

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Habitat—Rare, recorded from littoral rainforest, rainforest gullies scrub and scree slopes.

Distribution—From the Gloucester district to the Wollongong area and inland to Mt Dangar in New South Wales.

Description—Climber or twiner with stems to c. 1 m long.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cliff Road, Copeland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach and Red Head.

Leaves.— Simple, entire, opposite with milky latex, lamina broad—ovate to ovate, 1.5 to 5.5 cm long, 15 to 25 mm wide, apex short-acuminate, base truncate to scarcely cordate, mostly ± glabrous, 2 basal glands present; petiole 5 to 25 mm long.

Cynanchum elegans
Cynanchum elegans

Inflorescence—Few—flowered, in clusters or umbels on branched peduncles. Calyx lobes c. 1 mm long. Corolla c. 5 mm long, 10 to 12 mm diam., white; tube about as long as calyx; lobes broad. Corona lobes abruptly acuminate, the apex short and curved inwards.

Flowering.—May to July.

Fruit— Follicles narrow—ovoid, 6 to 7 cm long, apex long—acuminate, glabrous, thin—walled; seeds with coma 10—20 mm long

Ripe.—June to July.

Cynanchum elegans