Marsdenia lloydii—Corky Marsdenia, Corky Milk Vine, Lloyd's Milk Vine—APOCYNACEAE

Marsdenia lloydii

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Habitat—Grows in dry rainforest,

Distribution—North from Gloucester, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Climber with twining stems, latex milky, stems quickly developing a white fissured corky covering.

Local occurrences

Cape Hawke, Tallwoods and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, entire, opposite, with latex and basil glands; lamina dark green, mostly whitish near main veins, oblong to oblong—ovate, 5 to 11 cm long, 2 to 5 cm wide, apex mucronate or short—acuminate, base mostly broad and cordate, lower surface often sparsely hairy, main veins raised on upper surface; petiole 1.5 to 3 cm long

Marsdenia lloydii
Marsdenia lloydii

Inflorescence—Flowers 3 to 4 mm diam., white. Corolla with throat densely bearded, long hairs obscuring column; corolla lobes 2 to 3 mm long, reflexed, bearded near base. Corona segments short, basal part without wings or lobes, free upper part thin, broad, obtuse. Style head broad, shortly umbonate, covered by long anther appendages.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit—Follicles ovoid, turgid, c. 6 cm long, c. 3 to 3.5 cm diam.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn