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Genus Cuspidaria Family Bignoniaceae

Description: Climbers.

Leaves opposite, simple to 3-foliate, the terminal leaflet sometimes replaced by a simple tendril.

Inflorescences terminal [or axillary], c. paniculate, often on a short lateral branch. Calyx cupular, 5-toothed. Corolla tubular-funnel-shaped to campanulate, straight, puberulous outside. Stamens 4, included.

Fruit an obloid to linear capsule, ± woody, often 4-winged, dehiscing longitudinally releasing numerous thin, 2-winged seeds, the wings hyaline-membranous.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 19 species, from Mexico to Argentina and Paraguay. Australia: 1 species reportedly naturalised in N.S.W. to be confirmed.

Text by (compiled by) P.G. Kodela, May 2017
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed May 2017)

One species in NSW: Cuspidaria convoluta

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