Hibbertia scandens —Climbing Guinea Flower—DILLENIACEAE.

Hibbertia scandens

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Habitat—Widespread in various habitats including margins of and in Littoral and Subtropical Rainforest.

Distribution—North from the far South Coast of New South Wales to North Queensland.

Description—Climber with stems to 4 m long. Plants near the sea tend to be densely hairy and leaves ± spathulate and flowers with 6 or 7 carpels; inland plants tend to be ± glabrous with leaves tapering to apex and flowers with 3 or 4 carpels.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Copeland, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Forster Park and Marina, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, Ohmas Bay, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tern Island, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, in pseudo−whorl or alternate, toothed, petiol clasping the stem; obovate, oblanceolate or elliptic, 30 to 80 mm long, 15 to 25 mm wide, apex acute to obtuse, base tapering and stem—clasping, margins usually entire, upper surface usually glabrescent, lower surface silky; sessile.

Hibbertia scandens
Hibbertia scandens

Inflorescence— Pxillary, peduncles 2 to 4 mm long. Sepals 15 to 25 mm long, silky to ± glabrous. Petals mostly 20 to 30 mm long. Stamens less than 30, surrounding carpels. Carpels 3 to 7, glabrous.

Flowering.—Throughout the year.

Fruit—A follicle which splits to reveal orange—red seeds.

Ripe.—Throughout the year.

Hibbertia scandens