Melodinus australis—Southern Melodinus—APOCYNACEAE

Melodinus australis

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Habitat— Widespread and common in rainforest on the coast and coastal ranges.

Distribution— North from Dapto in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Woody climber with trailing stems, sometimes tall, branchlets glabrous.

Local occurrences

Cape Hawke and Zamia Place Forster

Leaves.— Simple, opposite with latex but without basal glands. lamina oblong–lanceolate to narrow–elliptic, 4 to 10 cm long, 10 to 35 mm wide, apex bluntly acute or acuminate, margins sometimes undulate, glabrous; petiole 4 to 8 mm long.

Melodinus australis
Melodinus australis

Inflorescence.— Flowers mostly 5 to 13 on each axillary peduncle. Calyx lobes ovate, 1 to 1.5 mm long, ciliate. Corolla orange–yellow or white; lobes broad 2 to 3 mm long, obtuse; scales sometimes present at throat.

Flowering.— Summer to Autumn

Fruit.— Berry ovid to ellipsoid, mostly 4 to 5 cm long, 1.5 to 3 cm diam, orange to red.

Ripe.— Autumn to Winter

Melodinus australis