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Marsdenia connivens P.I.Forst.

Slender Vine
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Forster, P.I. (1995) Australian Systematic Botany 8(5): 769. Type: Queensland, Split Rock Aboriginal Art Gallery, Laura, 22 Jan. 1993, P.I.Forster 12830 & A.R. Bean; holo: BRI; iso: DNA, MEL.


A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm.


Twigs and petioles produce a clear exudate. Leaf blades about 12-25 x 6-19 mm, petioles about 2.5-10 mm long. Petioles and leafy twigs clothed in hairs.


Inflorescence an umbelliform raceme. Flowers slightly perfumed, about 3-3.5 mm diam. Pedicels about 1.5-3 mm long. Corolla tube about 1-1.5 mm long, inner surface hairy, lobes about 1.5 mm long. Staminal corona consists of fine subulate lobes attached to the staminal column. Pollen aggregated in pollinia.


Fruits (i.e. fruiting carpels) about 35-50 x 5-7 mm. Seeds about 5-6 x 3 mm. Plumes of hairs about 20-25 mm long. Embryo features unknown.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia, occurs in NT, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 250 m. Grows in heathland and open forest but also in vine thicket and monsoon forest, often associated with sandstone.

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