Geitonoplesium cymosum, Fam. Philesiacae
A slender perennial vine with fleshy, fibrous roots.
|Form or habit:||Vine (Climbing, Twining or groundcover)|
Narrow to narrowly egg- shaped, prominent parallel veins, conspicuous raised midrib on the upper surface, green and glossy. 5-8 x 1-2cm.
|Flower description:||White to mauve with yellow stamens, about 2cm diameter; 6 star-like petals. Borne in pendulant clusters near the ends of branchlets. November to February|
|Fruit description:||Black, fleshy, glossy, globular berries, 0.6cm diameter.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, open forest, rainforest, vine thicket, woodland.|
|Distribution||Northern Queensland to eastern Victoria.|
|Food source for:||Fruit are eaten by rose crowned fruit dove, mistletoe bird and satin bowerbird.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia; New Guinea|
|Notes:||Distinguished from wombat berry (Eustrephus latifolius) by: black fruit; inner segments of flowers not fringed. Conspicuous raised midrib on the upper surface whereas E. latifolius has several veins on the lower surface.|
|Information sources:||Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|