Common name: Purple Pentatrope, Climbing Purple-star
Rhyncharrhena linearis (Decne.) K.L.Wilson APNI*
Description: Slender twiner with stems minutely pubescent to glabrous. Latex clear.
Leaves linear, 2–10 cm long, 1–5 mm wide, glabrous except for scattered hairs near base and on petiole, margins thickened and usually revolute; petiole 1–3 mm long.
Umbels mostly 3–7-flowered; peduncle 10–40 mm long; pedicels 10–20 mm long. Sepals c. 2 mm long, glabrous. Corolla greenish yellow becoming purple; tube 5–7 mm long; lobes ± ovate, usually 3–5 mm long, margins ciliate.
Follicles fusiform, 8–12 cm long, 3–8 mm wide; coma 15–30 mm long.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in dry inland areas.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by G. J. Harden & J. B. Williams
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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