Common name: Wombat Berry
Eustrephus latifolius R.Br. ex Ker Gawl. APNI*
Synonyms: Eustrephus latifolius subsp. narrow leaved APNI*
Description: Vine with stems to 6 m long, sometimes much branched.
Leaves with lamina variable in shape, elliptic or ovate to lanceolate or linear, mostly 3–10 cm long and 3–35 mm wide, apex acute, base ± cuneate, sometimes ± rounded, lamina ± discolorous, both surfaces dull, all veins equally distinct; petiole to 1 mm long.
Pedicels clustered in leaf axils, 8–15 mm long. Tepals 5–8 mm long, pink to mauve or white.
Capsule ± globose, 10–20 mm diam., yellow-orange; seeds numerous, black with a white aril, remaining attached to the placenta after valves have opened.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest, woodland, heath and on margins of rainforest; widespread, from coastal districts inland to the Jenolan Caves and the Liverpool and Nandewar Ranges. NC CC SC NT CT NWS CWS; Qld, Vic., Pac.Is, Malesia. [includes
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Varieties have been recognized; but as many specimens are intermediate, these taxa are not recognized in this treatment. Narrow-leaved specimens separated as var. angustifolius occur in all districts in N.S.W. where the species has been recorded.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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