Tripladenia cunninghamii—Spice Bush—COLCHICACEAE

Tripladenia cunninghamii

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Habitat— Widespread, not common but often locally abundant; grows in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest.

Distribution—North from Myall Lakes in New South Wales into Queensland..

Description— Herb to 40 cm high, ± glabrous except for scabrous ridges on stems.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Crowdy Bay National Park, Crowdy Bay National Park, Elizabeth Beach, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wallamba Cove, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, entire, alternate; ovate to lanceolate, 40 to 90 cm long, 1 to 4.5 cm wide, apex acute, base ± cordate, margins ± undulate

Tripladenia cunninghamii
Tripladenia cunninghamii

Inflorescence.—15 to 25 mm diam., mauve or pink; peduncle 3 to 6 cm long; pedicels 1 to 3 cm long. Tepals 7 to 12 mm long, 4 to 7 mm wide, margins ± undulate; basal appendages 2 to 3 mm long. Stamens 5 to 6 mm long

Flowering.—October to January.

Fruit.—Capsule ovoid, wrinkled, 6 to 8 mm diam.; seeds yellow or brown.

Ripe.—January to March

Tripladenia cunninghamii