Marsdenia flavescens—Hairy Milk Vine—APOCYNACEAE

Marsdenia flavescens

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Habitat—Grows in subtropical and dry rainforest; widespread, mostly in coastal districts; chiefly north from Tuross River in New South Wales.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Thin—stemmed twiner to 5 m high, stems pubescent, latex milky, slightly yellowish.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Copeland, Stephen Street Reserve and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite with latex and basil glands. Lamina oblong or narrow—oblong, 3 to 12 cm long, 1.5 to 4.5 cm wide, apex and base shortly narrowed, lower surface softly and densely pubescent, pale yellowish green, veins obscure; petiole 5 to 12 mm long.

Marsdenia flavescens
Marsdenia flavescens

Inflorescence—Inflorescences open lateral panicles shorter than the leaves, bearing 2 to 6 umbels; peduncles and pedicels slender, pubescent. Flowers c. 3 mm diam., pale yellow. Corolla rotate; lobes spreading, ovate; tube 1 to 1.5 mm long, obtuse, glabrous. Corona segments short and broad, with 2 auricles at base. Style head short, obtuse.

Flowering.—Summer.

Fruit—Follicles fusiform, 4 to 6 cm long, 4 to 8 mm diam.

Ripe.—Autumn.