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Gynochthodes jasminoides (A.Cunn.) Razafim. & B.Bremer
Family Rubiaceae
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.

Photo T.M. Tame

Photo D. Hardin

Photo T.M. Tame

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Photo D. Hardin

Flowering: spring–summer.

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.
AVH map***

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).

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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