Typhonium brownii—Typhonium—ARACEAE

Typhonium brownii

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Habitat—Grows on rainforest margins, in sheltered gullies and along creek banks.

Distribution— North from Menangle, inland to Capertee Valley and Wollomombi Falls in New South Wales and into Queensland..

Description— Perennial herb, deciduous.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Booti Hill, Copeland, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Sea Acres National Park.

Leaves.— Lamina hastate, deeply 3—lobed to ± triangular, to c. 22 cm long, lobes of lamina 1 to 12 cm wide, glabrous, shining to dull green; petiole to c. 30 cm long.

Inflorescence.—Peduncle slender, mostly below ground. Spathe ± globose and c. 4.5 cm diam. in the lower convolute green part; limb opening wide, ± ovate, to c. 15 cm long, deep purple. Spadix shorter than the spathe, reaching above two—thirds of the length of the limb, naked for about 3 c. between the sterile and male flowers. Appendix conical, truncate at the base, deep purple—black.

Flowering.—Summer.

Fruit.— C. 10 mm diam., reddish.

Ripe.—Late Summer to Autumn.

Typhonium brownii