Tylophora benthamii—Coast Tylophora—APOCYNACEAE.

Tylophora benthamii

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Habitat— Grows in Littoral Rainforest.

Distribution—North from Sawtell in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description— Climber to 4 m high, stems pubescent; latex yellowish, opaque.

Local occurrences

Coffs Harbour and Iluka

Leaves.— Simple, opposite, with latex and basal glands, lamina broad—ovate, mostly 6 to 12 cm long, 3 to 8 cm wide, apex mucronate or shortly acuminate, base strongly cordate, upper surface sparsely pubescent; lower surface pubescent, main reticulum distinct; petiole 15 to 50 mm long, finely pubescent.

Tylophora benthamii
Tylophora benthamii

Inflorescence.—In lateral inflorescences of 2 to 5 compact umbels; peduncles shortly branched, primary peduncles 10 to 20 mm long; pedicels 5 to 12 mm long. Corolla 8 to 11 mm diam., red—purple; lobes ovate to lanceolate, 3 to 5 mm long, hairy. Corona segments prominent, narrowed above to a circular apex with several hairs.

Flowering.— Late Spring to Summer.

Fruit.—Follicles 7 to 12 cm long.

Ripe.—Late Summer to Autumn.

Tylophora benthamii