Sarcopetalum harveyanum—Pearl Vine—MENISPERMACEAE.

Sarcopetalum harveyanum

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Habitat—Common in or near rainforest, often found in moist eucalypt forest, chiefly in coastal areas

Distribution— Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description—Sprawling twiner to tall climber; dioecious.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Copeland, Crowdy Bay National Park, Diamond Beach, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Islands, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, palmately veined, sometimes slightly peltate, leaves firm, lamina broad—ovate, mostly 4 to 12 cm long, 2 to 9 cm wide, cordate at base, ± leathery, glabrous; prominently 7—veined from base, venation prominently raised on both surfaces; petiole 1 to 8 cm long, upper and lower pulvini obvious and elongated.

Sarcopetalum harveyanum
Sarcopetalum harveyanum

Inflorescence.—Usually a raceme on old stems, 3—7 cm long. Petals c. 3 mm long, red—yellow.


Fruit.—Drupes 5 to 8 mm diam., red.

Ripe.—Late summer.

Sarcopetalum harveyanum