Gynochthodes jasminoides—Jasmine Morinda—RUBIACEAE.

Gynochthodes jasminoides

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Habitat—Grows in rainforest and sclerophyll forest, often in gullies; widespread, chiefly in coastal districts, inland to the Nandewar Range.

Distribution—Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Woody climber or scrambling shrub,:t glabrous

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Pebbly Beach, Red Head, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, entire, opposite, domatia obvious; lamina lanceolate to ovate or narrow—elliptic, mostly 2.5 to 8cm long, 1 to 3 cm wide, apex long—acuminate, base cuneate to rounded, 1 to 4 large, pit—like domatia present in vein axils,sometimes absent, lamina soft—textured; petiole 2 to 10 mm long.

Gynochthodes jasminoides
Gynochthodes jasminoides

Inflorescence—Usually terminal in 3 to 20—flowered heads, on paired peduncles 5 to 35 mm long, bisexual. Calyces fused, truncate or minutely toothed. Corolla white to purplish, tube 2 to 6 mm long, lobes 3 or 4, 2 to 5 mm long, ± obtuse. Anthers exserted, up to as long as lobes.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit—Syncarp irregularly shaped or globose, 6 to 15 mm diam., orange.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Gynochthodes jasminoides