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Parsonsia velutina R.Br.
Family Apocynaceae
Parsonsia velutina R.Br. APNI*

Description: Woody climber to 8 m high or more, new growth brown-hairy, sap watery.

Leaves ovate, mostly 7–19 cm long, 3.5–9 cm wide, apex acuminate to a fine point, base strongly cordate (2-lobed in leaves on juvenile plants), lower surface softly pubescent with brownish hairs; petiole 10–40 mm.

Flowers in condensed axillary cymes, sessile or almost so. Corolla lobes erect, 2–2.5 mm long, bearded inside at base; tube 1–2 mm long. Anther cone almost wholly enclosed within the corolla, filaments not twisted.

Capsule suberect, 7–15 cm long, c. 10 mm diam., glabrous or pubescent.


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Flowering: spring–summer.

Distribution and occurrence: Common in warmer rainforest, north from Gosford.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NT, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld W.A. N.T.
AVH map***

The plants in N.S.W. and southern Queensland probably are a different taxon to those of the tropics.

Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: J.B. Williams (1996)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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