Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Wollastonia biflora (L.) DC. var. biflora
Candolle, A.P. de (1836) Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis 5: 546.
Beach Sunflower; Beach Daisy; Sunflower, Beach
Herb or shrub to 3 m tall; stems angled; plants often scrambling.
Seed germination time 33 to 171 days. Cotyledons +/- orbicular, about 3.5-8 mm diam., petiole about 5 mm long. First pair of leaves scabrous, margins entire or with a few teeth. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves +/- ovate, apex acute, base cuneate to obtuse, margins conspicuously toothed, both the upper and lower surfaces slightly scabrous. Stems scabrous, longitudinally ribbed.
Occurs in NT and CYP. A second species, Wollastonia uniflora, is more widespread along the east coast as far south as central New South Wales. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 115 m. Grows in beach forest, monsoon forest and vine thickets. Also occurs in Africa, Asia, Malesia and the Pacific islands.
This species has medicinal uses. This species has been used medicinally in Malaysia and the Solomon Islands. Cribb (1981).