Ripogonum fawcettianum—Small Supplejack—RIPOGONACEAE.

Ripogonum fawcettianum

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Habitat—Grows in moist rainforest; widespread in coastal districts but usually not common.

Distribution— North from Gosford district in New South Wales to Queensland.

Description—Small climber with stems to c. 4 m long, sometimes shrub—like; stems hirsute to tomentose with yellowish to brownish hairs, usually sparsely prickly.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Elizabeth Beach, Karloo Street Reserve, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple with 3 or more longitudinal veins extending practically to the apex of the lamina, opposite, lamina ± lanceolate, 5 to 10 cm long, 2.5 to 4 cm wide, apex acute, base cordate, lamina mostly glabrous except for main veins, strongly veined; petiole 4 to 7 mm long, brownish tomentose.

Ripogonum fawcettianum
Ripogonum fawcettianum

Inflorescence.—Axillary, many—flowered, rachis sparsely hairy to glabrous; pedicels 2 to 5 mm long. Tepals 4 to 5 mm long, creamish. Stamens 2 to 3 mm long.

Flowering.—Winter to Spring.

Fruit.—Berry globose, 8 to 12 mm diam., black; seeds 1 to few.

Ripe.—February.

Ripogonum fawcettianum