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Marsdenia hemiptera Rchb.
Family Apocynaceae
Marsdenia hemiptera Rchb. APNI*

Description: Climber with twining stems to 4 m high, latex watery, stems softly pubescent to hirsute, with rusty to fawn hairs, young shoots and leaf buds furry.

Leaves with lamina ovate or oblong-ovate, 7–18 cm long, 4–10 cm wide, apex acuminate or mucronate to a fine point, base strongly cordate, soft, rather thin, lower surface softly pubescent with rusty to fawn hairs; lamina glands 5–17; petiole 10–35 mm long, hirsute.

Flowers deep purple, 20–25 mm diam., rachis 2–15 cm long, thick, ridged. Calyx c. 4 mm long. Corolla tube much shorter than lobes, lobes narrow, c. 10 mm long.

Follicles slender, 10–12 cm long, glabrous.


Flowering: Flowers ?summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in littoral rainforest, and rarely in subtropical rainforest, north from Iluka.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. W.A.
Threatened species: ROTAP: 3RC
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: P.I. Forster (1995)


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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