Common name: Black Silkpod
Parsonsia purpurascens J.B.Williams APNI*
Synonyms: Parsonsia sp. A sensu Harden (1992) APNI*
Parsonsia leichhardtii auct. non F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Twiner to 5 m high, sap watery.
Leaves lanceolate to 1 ovate, 4–14 cm long, 1.5–4 cm wide, apex acute or acuminate, glabrous, firm, of moderate thickness, green or purplish when fresh, both surfaces purple or purplish black when d ried; coarser reticulum visible; petiole mostly 5–20 mm long.
Flowers c. 5 mm across, on pedicels 4–7 mm long, in open panicles. Corolla lobes narrow-ovate, mucronate, c. 2 mm long, spreading, bearded at base inside; tube c. 1.8 mm long. Anther cone with tip exserted; fi laments straight.
Capsule 7–10 cm long, slender, blackish when dry.
Flowering: summer and autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in cooler rainforest; from the plateau west of Wollongong to Dorrigo.
Temperate rainforest (sometimes with Nothofagus moorei or Ceratopetalum apetalum) and in tall eucalypt forest, usually 900-1150 m altitude.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CT
Text by K.D. Hill
Taxon concept: J.B. Williams (1996)
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