Marsdenia coronata (APOCYNACEAE) Milk Vine

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Uncommon slender climber growing mostly in eucalypt-dominated open forest but also seen in association with dry rainforest margins. Possibly endemic to South-East Qld, but may extend into north-east NSW. Latex white, colleters (glands) present in groups of 3 or 4 at the base of leaf blades. New growth hairy; roots tuberous. Leaves simple, opposite, to about 5.5 cm by 1 cm, linear to lanceolate, wedge-shaped to rounded at the base and pointed at the tip. Blade dark green with wavy margins, veins obscure below. Fruit a spindle-shaped follicle to about 10 cm. Ripe Jan to July. Propagation from seed, possibly cuttings.

Photo: Klaus Querengasser


Flowers yellow to yellow-green, to about 4 mm across, borne in umbels from leaf axils, appear October to March.

Photo: Klaus Querengasser

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This species is seriously threatened by development and habitat loss, particular in the southern part of its range around Ipswich, while not much is known about its ecology.
Photo: Klaus Querengasser