Common name: Acuminate Silkpod
Parsonsia ventricosa F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Climber with twining stems to 6 m high, sap watery.
Leaves lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate or ovate, 4–15 cm long, 1.5–5 cm wide, apex long-acuminate, base cordate or rounded, lamina glabrous or pubescent, soft; tertiary veins of leaves numerous and prominent on lower surface forming backwardly curving connections between secondary veins; petiole 7–12 mm long.
Flowers in short, axillary umbel-like cymes. Corolla tube inflated, globose, c. 3.5 mm diam., hairy inside; lobes spreading, 2.5–3 mm long, glabrous. Anther cone half-exserted, each anther with a prominent dorsal ridge and 2 spreading basal lobes, filaments not twisted.
Capsule 9–14 cm long, slender.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in subtropical and dry rainforest, north from Lismore.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
In some populations all plants have ± glabrous leaves, in others the leaves are consistently softly pubescent on lower surface.
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: J.B. Williams (1996)
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