Geitonoplesium cymosum—Scrambling Lily—ASPHODELIACEAE

Geitonoplesium cymosum

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Habitat—Grows in or near rainforest, in sclerophyll forest and woodland, widespread in coastal districts, and also on the ranges.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Vine with stems to 8 m long.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tiona, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.—Leaves variable in shape, lamina ovate to narrow–lanceolate to linear, usually 2 to 10 cm long and 3 to 25 mm wide, apex acute, base rounded and twisted into petiole; lamina glabrous, both surfaces glossy, midvein prominent and raised on upper surface; petiole 1 to 2 mm long.

Geitonoplesium cymosum
Geitonoplesium cymosum

Inflorescence— Branched; pedicels 5 to 10 mm long. Tepals 5 to 10 mm long, mauve to white.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit—Berry ± globose, 10 to 20 mm diam., black; seeds numerous, black.

Ripe.—December to February.

Geitonoplesium cymosum