Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Heliotropium sarmentosum (Lam.) Craven
Craven, L.A. (2005) Blumea 50: 380.
Vine stem diameters to 4 cm recorded. Bark sometimes shed in long narrow flakes.
Leaf blades about 7-15.5 x 3.5-8 cm, petioles about 1-2 cm long. Leaf blades glabrous or almost glabrous on the upper side but variously hairy on the lower surface. Leaf blades brittle, breaking when folded back on themselves. When broken, leaf twigs emit an odour like that of liniment.
Fruits globular, about 4-5 mm diam., 4-celled, calyx hairy, persistent at the base of the fruit and style persistent in a hollow at the apex. Pyrenes (endocarp + seed) about 2-3 mm long, usually 1-4 per fruit. Endosperm not copious. Embryo about 1.5-3 mm long, cotyledons about twice as wide and slightly longer than the radicle.
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Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards as far as coastal central Queensland. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 900 m. Grows in gallery forest and well developed lowland and upland rain forest. Also occurs in Taiwan and Malesia.
This species has been used medicinally in Papua New Guinea. Cribb (1981).