Trophis scandens subsp. scandens— Burny Vine, Fire Vine—MORACEAE.

Trophis scandens

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Habitat—In or near warmer rainforest. Common in Littoral Rainforest.

Distribution— North from Mt Dromedary in New South Wales into Queensland. Also in Western Australia and Northern Territory.

Description— Woody climber; stem scabrid to 6 cm diameter, lenticels pale. numerous.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Karloo Street Reserve, One Mile Beach, Red Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, The Islands, Tiona, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed, milky latex sometimes present; coriaceous, stiff, discolorous; lamina ovate or narrowly ovate, (5—)8 to 11(<17) cm long, (3—)4 to 5(<7) cm wide, with 8 to 11 primary veins on each side of midrib, reticulate—veined; base rounded to subcordate; apex long—acuminate to acute.

Trophis scandens
Trophis scandens

Inflorescence.— Plants mainly dioecious but can be monoecious. Male catkins in spikes about 2 to 3 cm long. Flowers globose, about 1 to 1.5 mm diam. Tepals about 1.5 by 1 mm, outer surface densely clothed in hairs. Anthers about 1.2 by 1.2 mm, filaments about 3.5 mm long by 5 to 6 mm wide.

Flowering.—Early Autumn to Winter

Inflorescence.— Female flowers borne in globular heads about 4 mm diam. Heads solitary or in racemes. Individual flowers about 1 to 1.2 by 1 mm. Usually about 2 to 4 fertile flowers per head. Perianth urn–shaped, completely enclosing the ovary, only the stigmas protruding at the apex. Style short, stigmas about 5 to 7 mm long.

Trophis scandens
Trophis scandens

Fruit.—Drupelet solitary, 12 to 14 mm long, bright red.

Ripe.—Spring to Summer.