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Comesperma volubile Labill.
Family Polygalaceae
Comesperma volubile Labill. APNI*

Description: Climber with stems 1–2 m long; stems ± leafless or sparsely leaved, glabrous.

Leaves linear to elliptic, 1–5 cm long, 1–5 mm wide, thin, lower surface paler, margins recurved or revolute, often reduced or caducous.

Racemes axillary or occasionally terminal, up to 14 cm long, usually somewhat corymbose, often on short branches near the top of the stems; pedicels 2–3 mm long. Flowers 4–8 mm long, purplish blue, blue-mauve, pink or white, outer sepals c. 2 mm long, c. a quarter to a third as long as wing sepals; wing sepals mostly 6.5 mm long, clawed. Lateral petals spathulate, slightly longer than keel; keel with 2 oblong lateral lobes.

Fruit obovate-cuneate, 10–15 mm long.


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Flowering: July–Dec.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in a range of habitats, from wet to dry sclerophyll forest to coastal heath.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
AVH map***

Text by L. Murray
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)


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.
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