Common name: Large Prickle-vine, Wait-a-while
Caesalpinia scortechinii (F.Muell.) Hattink APNI*
Synonyms: Mezoneuron scortechinii F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Woody climber, ± pubescent, with prickles 1–4 mm long.
Leaves 13–30 cm long, prickles only on leaf rachis at base of pinnae; pinnae 4–10 pairs, 5–11 cm long, pinnules 5–10 pairs, mostly obovate or oblong-elliptic, 15–25 mm long, 7–15 mm wide, apex retuse or obtuse, upper surface ± glabrous except for scattered hairs along midrib, lower surface usually pubescent; petiole 20–50 mm long; stipules caducous, c. 1 mm long.
Panicles terminal, 10–12 cm long, golden pubescent; pedicels 3–5 mm long, jointed. Sepals usually shorter than petals, tomentose. Petals c. 6 mm long. Filaments 5–7 mm long.
Pod obliquely rhombic to ± circular, flat, 3–4.5 cm long, 25–35 mm wide, not spinose; seed 1, flat.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows on margins of rainforest north from Lismore.
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by B. Wiecek & S. McCune
Taxon concept: A.S. George (1998)
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