Marsdenia liisae—Large-flowered Milk Vine—APOCYNACEAE

Marsdenia liisae

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Habitat— Grows in Wet Sclerophyll Forest and on Rainforest margins

Distribution— From Forster to the Nightcap Range in New South Wales

Description— Climber to 5 m high, latex copious, milky.

Local occurrences

Darawakh

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, with latex and basal glands; lamina oblong-ovate to oblong or ±triangular, 4 to 16 cm long, 2 to 8 cm wide, soft, glabrous, apex acuminate to a fine point, base cordate or rounded; petiole 1.5 to 5 cm long.

Inflorescence.— Flowers 20 to 40 mm diam, whitish to pale yellow. Corolla rotate; lobes 9 to 17 mm long, narrow, slightly twisted, hairy at base inside; tube short and broad. corona segments with free upper part narrow, incurved, slightly shorter than anthers, fused lower part with a hood−shaped wing. Style head conical, 2–fid, much longer than stamens.

Flowering.— Summer

Fruit.— Follicles fusiform, turgid, 10 to 13 cm long, 2 to 2.5 cm diam.

Ripe.— Late Summer to Autumn

Marsdenia liisae