Fieldia australis—Fieldia—GESNERIACEAE

Fieldia australis

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Habitat— Grows on tree trunks and moss-covered rocks, widespread in cool and warm temperate rainforest, chiefly on the ranges.

Distribution— Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Small climber or epiphyte growing on tree trunks by adventitious roots; most parts hirsute with articulate hairs.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, lacking latex or sap; obovate to elliptic to ± oblong, larger leaves of pairs 3 to 7 cm long 10 to 30 mm wide, smaller leaves usually less than half the size, apex acute, margins coarsely toothed, both surfaces dull and sparsely hairy; petiole 0 to 8 mm long.

Fieldia australis
Fieldia australis

Inflorescence.— Peduncles shorter than longer leaves; bracteoles 5 to 12 mm long: Calyx 5 to 15 mm long. Corolla 25 to 35 mm long, creamy white.

Flowering.— Mainly Summer to Autumn

Fruit.—Berry ± oblong to ovid, 10 to 30 mm long, 10 to 12 mm diam, whitish flecked with purple.

Ripe.—Autumn to Winter

Fieldia australis