Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Ripogonum discolor F.Muell.

Slender Vine
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Flowers. CC-BY: B. Gray
Flowers. CC-BY: B. Gray
Flowers. CC-BY: B. Gray
Leaves and flowers. © Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
Leaves and fruit. © Australian Plant Image Index (APII). Photographer: M. Fagg.
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Mueller, F.J.H. von (1869) Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 7: 78. Type: New South Wales, Clarence River, H. Beckler; holo: MEL.

Common name

Prickly Supplejack; Supplejack, Prickly


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


Leaf blades about 17-19 x 7-7.5 cm, petioles about 1.2-1.5 cm long. Leaves usually five-veined. Stems longitudinally grooved.


Flowers about 12-13 mm diam. Sepal-like bracts about 2 mm long subtend each flower. Tepals three + three in two whorls. Tepals about 6 mm long, margins fimbriate. Stamens six, anthers about 5 mm long, apex two-lobed, filaments about 2 mm long. Ovary glabrous. Style + stigma about 2 mm long, stigma trilobed.


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Distribution and Ecology

Endemic to Australia, occurs in NEQ and also in south-eastern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ from 600-700 m. Grows in well developed upland rain forest.

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