Common name: Rough Silkpod
Parsonsia lanceolata R.Br. APNI*
Synonyms: Parsonsia paddisonii R.T.Baker APNI*
Description: Climber with twining stems to 4 m high, sap watery.
Leaves variable in shape, lanceolate or narrow- to broad-elliptic, mostly 3–10 cm long, 0.5–5 cm wide; apex obtuse, emarginate or shortly acute and with a short stiff point, base cuneate, both surfaces glabrous or shortly pubescent, dull, leathery to stiff; secondary veins visible but not prominent, reticulum invisible; petiole 2–12 mm long.
Flowers in compact axillary cymes, glabrous or shortly pubescent. Corolla glabrous inside, lobes 3–4 mm long, ± terete; tube 1–1.5 mm long. Anther cone enclosed in the corolla or only the tip exserted, filaments strongly spirally twisted.
Capsule 6–12 cm long, slender.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in woodland, vine thicket and dry rainforest, on the Slopes and plains, also Hunter Valley and upper Macleay R. gorges; north from the Hunter Valley.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, NWS, CWS, NWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Populations with densely pubescent leaves are sometimes distinguished as var. mollis (R.Br.) F.Muell. ex Maiden & Betche.
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: J.B. Williams (1996)
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