Stephania japonica var. timoriensis (DC.) Forman APNI*
Description: Slender herbaceous climber with tuberous root and slender stems without prickles; dioecious.
Leaves peltate; lamina broadly triangular-ovate, 4–11 cm long, 4–11 cm wide, palmately 5–9-nerved; base rounded, truncate or slightly emarginate; apex acute or acuminate, both surfaces glabrous; petiole 3–8 cm long.
Inflorescences mostly 2–8 cm long.
Drupe ± obovoid, c. 5 mm diam., red at maturity.
Flowering: Flowers Sep.– April
Distribution and occurrence: Uncommon climber of Lord Howe Island; also northern Australia, East Bengal, southern Malesian islands, SW new Guinea to New Caledonia, Samoa and Tahiti.
Grows in lowland moist forest of Lord Howe Island.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Other Australian states: Qld N.T.
Text by P.S. Green (1994)
Taxon concept: L. Forman (1956)
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