Ripogonum discolor— Prickly Supplejack—RIPOGONACEAE.

Ripogonum discolor

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Habitat—Widespread in moist rainforest, coastal districts.

Distribution—North from Myall Lakes and inland to Werrikimbe National Park in New South Walesto Queensland.

Description— Stout climber with stems to c. 5 m long, sometimes shrub—like when young; stems glabrous, usually prickly.

Local occurrences

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Waitui Falls and Wingham Brush.

Leaves.— Simple with 3 or more longitudinal veins extending practically to the apex of the lamina, opposite, lamina ± oblong, 12 to 20 cm long, 33 to 50 mm wide, apex acute, base ± rounded and tapering into petiole, lamina glabrous, thick and stiff, lower surface slightly yellowish, strongly veined; petiole 5 to 7 mm long, often ± flattened and twisted.

Ripogonum discolor
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Inflorescence.— Axillary, many—flowered; pedicels 0—2 mm long. Tepals 7—9 mm long, creamish. Stamens 12—15 mm long.

Flowering.—Mainly Winter.

Fruit.—Berry globose, 10 to 15 mm diam., black; seed 1.

Ripe.—Late Winter to Spring.