Petermannia cirrosa—Petermannia—PETERMANNIACEAE

Petermannia cirrosa

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Habitat—Grows mainly in cooler rainforest; not common.

Distribution— North from the Hastings River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Vine with wiry stems to 6 m long;

Local occurrences

Dorrigo National Park

Leaves.—Simple with three or more distinct longitudinal; veins, tendrils borne singly opposite some of the leaves, mostly 5 to 15 cm long. Leaves with lamina lanceolate to ± ovate or elliptic, 3.5 to 10 cm long, 1 to 4 cm wide, apex acute, base ± acute; lamina ± concolorous, glabrous and shiny, with finer venation obscure between the 3 to 7 longitudinal veins, midvein more prominent; petiole 3 to 5 mm long, thick. Small prickles often present on stem.

Petermannia cirrosa
Petermannia cirrosa

Inflorescence.—Branched cymes 5 to 10 cm long on a peduncle to 10 cm long, few–flowered. Tepals 5 to 7 mm long, reddish green or white, reflexed.

Flowering.—Spring

Fruit.—Berry ± globose, 10 to 15 mm diam., red, glabrous; seeds angular.

Ripe.—Summer

Petermannia cirrosa