Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Commicarpus chinensis (L.) Heimerl subsp. chinensis

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)
Slender Vine
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Inflorescence. © R.L. Barrett
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Heimerl, A. (1934) Die Naturlichen Pflanzenfamilien Edn. 2, 16c: 117.


Scrambling climber, herb or subshrub to 1 m tall and 2 m long.


Leaves triangular to ovate, margins usually sinuate to lobed; lamina 1-6 cm long; petiole 2-22 mm long.


Inflorescence often sparsely branched, sparsely hairy; flowers in loose grops of 3-8; flowers white or pink, 9-10 mm long, with sessile glands towards the base; stamens 3 or 4, long exserted; style ca. 11 mm long.


Fruit ca. 7 mm long, club-shaped, slightly 10-ribbed, with a band of sticky stalked glandular warts at apex.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in the WA. Altitudinal range near sea level. Grows in deciduous vine thicket. Also occurs in Africa, Asia  to Malesia.

Natural History & Notes

Description from Flora of Australia 50: 103.

Valeriana chinensis L., Species Plantarum 1: 33 (1753).
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