Common name: Large-leaved Staff Vine
Celastrus subspicatus Hook. APNI*
Synonyms: Celastrus subspicata Hook. APNI*
Description: Climbing dioecious shrub, ± glabrescent except young growth and inflorescences pubescent; stems mostly red-brown or dark brown; young branchlets with narrow-triangular to subulate ± entire scales at base.
Leaves elliptic or lanceolate to ovate, mostly 5–15 cm long, 2–7 cm wide, apex mostly acute to acuminate, margins entire or toothed; petiole 3–13 mm long.
Flowers in terminal panicles on pedicels to 5 mm long, yellowish green. Sepals 1–1.5 mm long. Petals 2.2–3 mm long.
Capsule ellipsoid to ovoid, 5–9.5 mm long, yellowish, inner surface with few or no red spots; seeds 4.5–6 mm long, aril orange or yellow-green.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in warmer rainforest; chiefly in coastal districts, north from the Shoalhaven R.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by T. A. James
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992); name updated June 2016 L. Murray
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