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Common name: Mountain Silkpod
Parsonsia brownii (Britten) Pichon APNI*
Description: Tall climber, young stems pubescent, sap watery.
Leaves lanceolate or narrow-lanceolate, 3–13 cm long, 1–4 cm wide, apex gradually acute or slightly acuminate, base cuneate, lower surface pale yellowish green to fawn, lustrous, with 9–15 pairs of prominent secondary veins; leaves on juvenile plants linear, 6–10 cm long, 0.4–0.7 cm wide; petiole 8–15 mm long.
Flowers in loose panicles, pedicellate, minutely pubescent yellow. Corolla lobes c. 3 mm long, with 4 papillose ridges inside; tube c. 2 mm long, hairy at the throat. Anther cone slightly exserted; filaments bent upwards, not twisted.
Capsule 5–10 cm long, slender.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in cool-temperate and warm-temperate rainforest; south from the Dorrigo district.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas.
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: J.B. Williams (1996)
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