Marsdenia pleiadenia—Downy Milk Vine—APOCYNACEAE.

Marsdenia pleiadenia

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Habitat—Grows in Dry and Littoral Rainforest and Vine Thickets,

Distribution— North from the Hunter Valley and west to Yallaroi in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Scrambling woody climber with twining stems, sometimes shrubby; stems and leaves pubescent.

Local occurrences

Black Head, Cape Hawke Booti Booti National Park and Red Head.

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, with latex and basil glands, small domatia present, hairy; lamina ovate to oblong—ovate or elliptic, 2.5 to 10 cm long, 1 .5 to 5 cm wide, apex shortly acute or acuminate, base rounded to broad—cuneate, thin, soft; secondary veins prominent on lower surface and with small domatia at junctions with midvein; 5 to 9 raised glands at base of lamina; petiole 6 to 25 mm long.

Marsdenia pleiadenia
Marsdenia pleiadenia

Inflorescence—. Umbels 8 to 25—flowered; pedicels 3 to 7 mm long, pubescent. Flowers 4 to 5 mm diam., pale yellow. Calyx 1.5-2 mm long, finely pubescent. Corolla lobes 2 to 3 mm long; tube c. 3 mm long, finely pubescent inside. Corona absent.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit.—Follicles terete, slender, 5 to 6 cm long, green.

Ripe.—Summer to Autumn.

Marsdenia pleiadenia