Billardiera rubens L.Cayzer, Crisp & I.Telford APNI*
Description: Vigorous scandent climber.
Juvenile leaves not known. Intermediate leaves irregularly lobed and dentate, soon becoming entire. Adult leaves alternate, narrowly obovate, slightly falcate, 35–60 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, glabrescent; petiole up to 2 mm long.
Inflorescences consisting of mainly solitary flowers; pedicel 10–20 mm long, slender, noding, hairy. Sepals 3–6 mm long, variable, unequal, more or less ovate; margin ciliate. Petals 13–18 mm long, clawed, throat nearly as long as slender blade; blade yellow; throat and margin tinged pink-red, darkening with age. Stamens with anthers sagittate and distinctly mucronate. Ovary glabrous; style short, stout; stigma knobby.
Fruit indehiscent, up to 20 mm long, obloid, berry-like; mature seeds unknown.
Flowering: Flowers probably early spring.
Distribution and occurrence: North Coast and Northern Tablelands (NSW); Qld.
Grows in open eucalpt forests and disturbed sites.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by B.J. Conn
Taxon concept: L.W. Cayzer, M.D. Crisp & I.R.N. Telford (2004)
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.