Parsonsia howeana J.B.Williams APNI*
Synonyms: Parsonsia straminea var. glabrata Pichon APNI*
Description: Vigorous, twining climber. Young stems finely tomentose.
Leaves glossy above, elliptic, 4–9 cm long, 1.5–3 cm wide, acute to obtuse at base, acute at apex; venation reticulate, raised above and below, petiole 5–15 mm long.
Inflorescences axillary or terminal on short lateral shoots, tomentose, usually many-flowered. Flowers honey-scented. Calyx tomentose; tube c. 1 mm long; lobes triangular, 1.5 mm long. Corolla orange to reddish brown, rarely yellowish; tube 2 mm long; lobes lanceolate, 4 mm long, acute, reflexed at anthesis, tomentose outside, with a tuft of white, straight hairs at base of lobes inside. Anthers exserted, forming a narrow cone around style.
Follicles cylindrical, 10–12 cm long, blunt. Seeds numerous, flattened ellipsoidal, 1.5 cm long, ribbed.
Flowering: Flowers throughout the year.
Distribution and occurrence: Endemic on Lord Howe Island, fairly common in forested areas at lower altitudes.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Text by K.D. Hill
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