Flagellaria indica —Whip Vine, Bush Cane, Supplejack—FLAGELLARIACEAE

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Habitat—Grows in or near warmer Coastal Rainforest, frequently along streams or in gullies and often forming dense thickets.

Distribution— North from Royal National Park Sydney, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Description—Robust perennial climber with stems usually to c. 15 m high and 10 mm diam., sparingly branched.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, One Mile Beach, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park and The Islands

Leaves.— Leaves with lamina mostly 10 to 40 cm long and 5 to 20 mm wide, glabrous, apex tapering into a coiled tendril, base constricted and auriculate before encircling the stem; sheath 1 to 7 cm long.

Flagellaria indica
Flagellaria indica

Inflorescence—Panicles erect, much–branched, 10 to 25 cm long. Flowers numerous, fragrant, each in the axil of a small bract. Tepals ovate, c. 2 mm long, membranous, white. Stamens and stigmas finally exserted.

Flowering.—Spring to Autumn

Fruit—Drupe ± globose, c. 5 mm diam., greenish red; usually 1–seeded.

Ripe.—Late Summer to Winter.

Flagellaria indica