Eustrephus latifolius —Wombat Berry—ASPARAGACEAE

Eustrephus latifolius

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Habitat—Grows in sclerophyll forest, woodland, heath and on margins of rainforest; widespread, from coastal districts inland to the Jenolan Caves and the Liverpool and Nandewar Ranges in New South Wales

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. (Also Pacific Islands and Malaysia)

Description—Vine with stems to 6 m long, sometimes much branched

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Copeland, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Lamina variable in shape, elliptic or ovate to lanceolate or linear, mostly 3 to 10 cm long and 3 to 35 mm wide, apex acute, base ± cuneate, sometimes ± rounded, lamina ± discolorous, both surfaces dull, all veins equally distinct; petiole to 1 mm long.

Eustrephus latifolius
Eustrephus latifolius

Inflorescence—Pedicels clustered in leaf axils, 8 to 15 mm long. Tepals 5 to 8 mm long, pink to mauve or white.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit—Capsule ± globose, 10 to 20 mm diam., yellow—orange; seeds numerous, black with a white aril, remaining attached to the placenta after valves have opened.

Ripe.—December to February.

Eustrephus latifolius