The stems grow to considerable diameter (over 10 cm) and the vine can climb up to 40 m into the canopy. The vines live to great age and are capable of pulling down trees. Possums nest in older vines.
The seed capsule is a linear pod, to 20 cm long by 10 mm wide. Seeds have a plume of several long silky hairs to help their dispersal. Common in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest in eastern New South Wales and Queensland.
Apocynaceae: Family name for the dogbane family; from the Greek apo (away from or away with) and kuon (dog) Pronunciation: a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ay
Photo: Robert Whyte
Flowers provide nectar for a variety of insects including, bees, wasps, butterflies and beetles.
Photo: John Abbott
Lepticoris spp (Soapberry Bugs) opportunistically feed on the nectar.
Common Crow butterfly. Photo: Mark Crocker
Lower surface paler, veins finely reticulate and raised on both surfaces, especially in dried leaves.
Photo: Matt Tomkins
Photo: Anne Jones