Common name: Climbing Panax
Cephalaralia cephalobotrys (F.Muell.) Harms APNI*
Description: Climber or scrambler, to 5 m high; young stems and petiole with retrorse bristles.
Leaves with petiole 4–12 cm long, petiolules 0.4–2.5 cm long, terminal petiolule at least twice as long as the lateral ones; leaflets narrow-ovate to ovate or oblong-lanceolate, 3–15 cm long, 1.5–7 cm wide, discolorous with upper surface darker and glossy; marginal teeth usually ≤ 2 mm long, each with an apical antrorse bristly hair.
Inflorescence axes often densely but inconspicuously hairy; petals dark reddish purple or occasionally cream.
Fruit c. 5 mm diam., black.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in wet or dry rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest; chiefly on basalt-derived soil, north from Ulladulla and west to the Blue Mtns.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by M. J. Henwood & R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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