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Marsdenia pleiadenia (F.Muell.) P.I.Forst.
Family Apocynaceae
Marsdenia pleiadenia (F.Muell.) P.I.Forst. APNI*

Synonyms: Marsdenia rostrata var. dunnii Maiden & Betche APNI*
Gymnema dunnii (Maiden & Betche) P.I.Forst. APNI*
Gymnema pleiadenium F.Muell. APNI*
Gymnema sp. A Jacobs & Pickard (1981) APNI*

Description: Scrambling woody climber with twining stems, sometimes shrubby; stems and leaves pubescent.

Leaves with lamina ovate to oblong-ovate or elliptic, 2.5–10 cm long, 1.5–5 cm wide, apex shortly acute or acuminate, base rounded to broad-cuneate, thin, soft; secondary veins prominent on lower surface and with small domatia at junctions with midvein; 5–9 raised glands at base of lamina; petiole 6–25 mm long.

Umbels 8–25-flowered; pedicels 3–7 mm long, pubescent. Flowers 4–5 mm diam., pale yellow. Calyx 1.5–2 mm long, finely pubescent. Corolla white; lobes 2–3 mm long; tube c. 3 mm long, finely pubescent inside. Corona absent.

Follicles terete, slender, 5–6 cm long, green.


Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry rainforest and vine thickets, north from the Hunter Valley and west to Yallaroi.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld W.A.
AVH map***

Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams (1992, as Gymnema pleiadenium)
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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