Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Secamone elliptica R.Br.
Brown, R. (1810) Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 464. Type: Northern Territory, Groote Eylandt, 4 Jan. 1803, R. Brown; lecto: BM; iso: BRI, MEL. Fide Forster & Harold (1989) Austrobaileya 3: 70.
Vine, Cork; Vine, Corky Milk; Cork Vine; Corky Milk Vine
Vine stem diameters to 5 cm recorded.
Twigs, petioles and leaves produce a milky exudate. Leaf blades about 25-55 x 8-28 mm, petioles about 2-9 mm long. Small reddish glands visible on the twigs close to the point of attachment of the petioles.
Fruits usually paired, each fruiting carpel oblanceolate to fusiform, about 60-70 x 5-9 mm, flat on one side. Seeds numerous, each seed flat, about 7 x 2 mm. Plume about 25-30 mm long, attached to one end of the seed. Embryo about 5-6 mm long. Cotyledons elliptic, longer and wider than the radicle.
A food plant for the larval stages of the Australian Crow and Blue Tiger Butterflies. Common & Waterhouse (1981).