Common name: Moth Vine, Mothplant
Araujia sericifera Brot. APNI*
Synonyms: Araujia hortorum E.Fourn. APNI*
Description: Climber with twining stems to 5 m high; milky latex copious from cut stems.
Leaves with lamina ± triangular to ovate or oblong ovate 3–11 cm long, 1.5–6 cm wide, apex ± acuminate, mucronate, base truncate to slightly cordate, upper surface green and sparsely hairy, lower surface glaucous and minutely pubescent; lamina glands 1–5; petiole 10–40 mm long.
Cymes 2–5-flowered. Flowers 2–2.5 cm diam., white or pale pink. Sepals 8–13 mm long. Corolla lobes c. 10 mm long, slightly shorter than tube.
Follicles broad-ovoid, 6–10 cm long, 5–7 cm diam., pale glaucous-green, ribbed, wall thick, at first rather soft and fleshy.
Distribution and occurrence: Widely naturalized and often grows in disturbed sites. Native of Peru.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NWS, *SWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic.
Declared Noxious Weed
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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