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Melodinus acutiflorus F.Muell.
Family Apocynaceae
Melodinus acutiflorus F.Muell. APNI*

Synonyms: Melodinus gratus S.Moore APNI*
Melodinus guilfoylei F.Muell. APNI*
Melodinus australis Maiden & Betche APNI*

Description: Tall climber, branchlets pubescent.

Leaves lanceolate to ± oblong-elliptic or elliptic, mostly 4–10 cm long, 15–30 mm wide, apex shortly acute or acuminate, lower surface finely and softly pubescent; petiole c. 5 mm long.

Flowers scented, mostly 3 or 5 on each axillary peduncle. Calyx lobes narrow, acute, c. 3 mm long, pubescent. Corolla white or creamy; lobes linear, 6–7 mm long, acute; scales absent at throat.

Berry globose, 3–4 cm diam., red to purplish.

Other photo
Photo T.M. Tame


Flowering: spring–autumn.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in subtropical rainforest, north from Mt Lindesay and Toonumbar (upper Richmond R. district).
NSW subdivisions: NC
Other Australian states: Qld
AVH map***

Melodinus australis Maiden & Betche, given here in synonymy, is an illegitimate name, because the name M. acutiflorus F.Muell. has priority. The name Melodinus australis Maiden & Betch should not be confused with Melodinus australis (F.Muell.) Pierre, which is a different species. K.L.Gibbons 24 June 2020.

Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)

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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