Cynanchum elegans (Benth.) Domin APNI*
Synonyms: Vincetoxicum elegans Benth. APNI*
Description: Climber or twiner with stems becoming corky, cream to fawn.
Leaves with lamina broad-ovate to ovate, 1.5–5.5 cm long, 15–25 mm wide, apex short-acuminate, base truncate to scarcely cordate, mostly ± glabrous, 2 basal glands present; petiole 5–25 mm long.
Inflorescences few-flowered, in clusters or umbels on branched peduncles. Calyx lobes c. 1 mm long. Corolla c. 5 mm long, 10–12 mm diam., white; tube about as long as calyx; lobes broad. Corona lobes abruptly acuminate, the apex short and curved inwards.
Follicles narrow-ovoid, 6–7 cm long, apex long-acuminate, glabrous, thin-walled; seeds with coma 10–20 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Rare, recorded from rainforest gullies scrub and scree slopes; from the Gloucester district to the Wollongong area and inland to Mt Dangar.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, CWS
Threatened species: NSW BCA: Endangered; Commonwealth EPBC: Endangered
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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