Sicyos australis—Star Cucumber—CUCURBITACEAE.

Sicyos australis

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Habitat— Chiefly on margins of warmer rainforest, mainly on the coast.

Distribution— Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Description— Herb with stems several meters long, often glabrescent. Tendrils 2—or 3—branched.

Local occurrences

Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, 3 to 5 lobed, some teeth, tendrils 2 to 3 branched occurring opposite leaf; lamina 4 to 7 cm long, 5 to 8 cm wide, sparsely bristly; petiole 1.5 to 3 cm long.

Sicyos australis
Sicyos australis

Inflorescence.— Male inflorescence 10 to 20—flowered, peduncle 3 to 8 cm long, pedicels 3 to 5 mm long, glandular—hairy; female flowers in 6 to 8—flowered heads; peduncle 5 to 15 mm long. Corolla lobes to 3 mm long, whitish.

Flowering.—June to July

Fruit.—Ovoid, 7 to 12 mm long, green, softly bristly; pedicel 2 to 3 cm long; seed ovate, c. 6 mm long.

Ripe.—July to August.

Sicyos australis