Common name: Sweet Morinda
Gynochthodes jasminoides (A.Cunn.) Razafim. & B.Bremer APNI*
Synonyms: Morinda jasminoides A.Cunn. APNI*
Description: Woody climber or scrambling shrub, ± glabrous.
Leaves opposite; lamina lanceolate to ovate or narrow-elliptic, mostly 2.5–8 cm long, 1–3 cm wide, apex long-acuminate, base cuneate to rounded, 1–4 large, pit-like domatia present in vein axils, sometimes absent, lamina soft-textured; petiole 2–10 mm long.
Flowers usually terminal in 3–20-flowered heads, on paired peduncles 5–35 mm long, bisexual. Calyces fused, truncate or minutely toothed. Corolla white to purplish, tube 2–6 mm long, lobes 3 or 4, 2–5 mm long, ± obtuse. Anthers exserted, up to as long as lobes. Syncarp irregularly shaped or globose, 6–15 mm diam., orange.
Distribution and occurrence: widespread.
Grows in rainforest and sclerophyll forest, often in gullies.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS
Other Australian states: Vic. Qld N.T. W.A.
Text by S. McCune, Flora of New South Wales Vol. 3: 497 (1992), as Morinda jasminoides. Revised 2017.
Taxon concept: Australian Plant Census (accessed June 2017), following S.G. Razafimandimbison & B. Bremer, Nomenclatural changes and taxonomic notes in the tribe Morindeae (Rubiaceae). Adansonia, ser. 3, 33(2): 283-309 (2011).
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