Diplocyclos palmatus —Native Bryony—CUCURBITACEAE.

Diplocyclos palmatus

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Habitat—Mostly in or near warmer Rainforest, especially in disturbed areas.

Distribution—North from the Booti Booti National Park near Forster in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Perennial climbing herb with stems to 6 m long.

Local occurrences

Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke and Red Head.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, lobed, some teeth, tendrils occurring opposite leaf, lamina 4 to 12 cm long and wide, deeply palmately 3 to 7—lobed, margins toothed, glabrescent or scabrous; petiole 2 to 8 cm long, with a few prickly hairs.

Diplocyclos palmatus
Diplocyclos palmatus

Inflorescence— Clustered, 0 to 8 males mixed with 0 to 5 females. Male flowers on pedicels 5 to 20 mm long. Female flowers on pedicels 1 to 5 mm long. Corolla lobes 6 to 9 mm long, white or greenish.

Flowering.—May to June

Fruit—±globose, 15 to 25 mm diam., glabrous, red with white stripes; seeds obovate, 5 to 8 mm long.

Ripe.—December to January.

Diplocyclos palmatus