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Common name: Scented Marsdenia
Marsdenia suaveolens R.Br. APNI*
Description: Small erect shrub or slender climber, latex milky, stems shortly hairy.
Leaves with lamina lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 2–7 cm long, 6–25 mm wide, apex gradually acute or acuminate or obtuse, base rounded, margins recurved; petiole 1–3.5 mm long, finely hairy.
Umbels compact, peduncle and pedicels hairy. Flowers 4–5 mm diam., creamy. Corolla lobes slightly spreading, 2–2.5 mm long; tube 3–4 mm long, hairy inside to middle or higher. Free part of corona segments as long as or exceeding anthers. Style head short, covered by appressed anther appendages.
Follicles narrow, acuminate, 5–10 cm long, 0.8–1.4 cm diam.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in heath, sclerophyll forest or gully rainforest, often on sandy soils; coast and ranges, from Port Macquarie district to Bega area.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: P.I. Forster (1995)
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