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 narrowly 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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