Sicyos australis Endl. APNI*
Synonyms: Sicyos angulata L. APNI*
Description: Herb with stems several metres long, often glabrescent.
Tendrils 2- or 3-branched.
Leaves with lamina 4–7 cm long, 5–8 cm wide, 3–5-lobed, sparsely bristly; petiole 1.5–3 cm long. Male inflorescence 10–20-flowered, peduncle 3–8 cm long, pedicels 3–5 mm long, glandular-hairy; female flowers in 6–8-flowered heads; peduncle 5–15 mm long. Corolla lobes to 3 mm long, whitish.
Fruit ovoid, 7–12 mm long, green, softly bristly; pedicel 2–3 cm long; seed ovate, c. 6 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: chiefly on margins of warmer rainforest, mainly on the coast.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, ?LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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