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Marsdenia viridiflora R.Br. subsp. viridiflora Family Apocynaceae
Common name: Native Pear

Marsdenia viridiflora subsp. viridiflora R.Br. APNI*

Description: Twining stems to 4 m high, tubers to 16 cm diam.; young stems finely hairy, older stems and most leaves glabrous.

Leaves linear to narrow-lanceolate, 2–12 cm long, 2–18 mm wide, 6–15 times as long as broad; rather thick, slightly fleshy; midvein prominent, channelled above, secondary veins obscure or faint; glands minute, 1–5 at base of midvein; petiole slender, 2–11 mm long.

Umbels 3–10-flowered; pedicels 7–9 mm long. Flowers c. 3–4 mm diam., greenish or yellow. Calyx segments 1 mm long. Corolla cup-shaped or campanulate with spreading lobes; lobes 1.5–2.5 mm long; tube with 5 dense hair tufts in the throat or ± hairless but with a thick fleshy ridge at the throat.

Follicles ovoid, 4–8 cm long, 20–35 mm diam., smooth; coma 15–40 mm long.


Flower
Photo L. von Richter

Herbarium
Sheet

Flowering: Flowers in spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland and scrub; north from the Razorback Range.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
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APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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