Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Marsdenia rostrata R.Br.
Brown, R. (1810) On the Asclepiadeae : 20. Type: Queensland, Keppel Bay, 13 Aug. 1802, R. Brown; lecto: BM; iso: BRI, CANB, K. Fide P. I. Forster (1995) Austral. Syst. Bot. 8: 754.
Vine, Common Milk; Milk Vine; Milkvine; Vine, Milk; Common Milk Vine
Twigs and petioles produce a milky exudate. Leaf blades soft in texture, about 3.5-13 x 2.5-6.5 cm, petioles about 1.2-4 cm long. Lateral veins about 7-9 on each side of the midrib. About 5-20 colleters (small finger-like glands) present on the upper surface of the midrib near its junction with the petiole.
Inflorescence umbelliform, much shorter than the leaves but slightly longer than the petioles. Pedicels about 4-6 mm long. Flowers about 8 mm diam. Sepals about 1-1.5 mm long. Corolla tube about 1.5-2 mm long, glabrous outside but hairy inside. Corolla lobes about 3-3.5 mm long, glabrous on the outer surface, hairy or papillose on the inner surface. Lobes slightly reflexed. Anthers about 1 mm long. Pollen aggregated in pollinia. Pollinia +/- horizontal. Staminal corona about 2.1 mm long, free for most of its length. Style head about 2 mm long, +/- globular at the base but extended to form a conical or attenuate tip. Carpels about 1 mm long.
Fruits about 5.5-8 x 3 x 1.5-1.8 cm, green at maturity. Seeds numerous, brown, each seed about 7-10 x 5 mm. Plumes white, about 10-30 mm long, attached to one end of the seed. Cotyledons about 6 x 3.5 mm, radicle about 2 mm long, much narrower than the cotyledons.