Geitonoplesium cymosum, Fam. Philesiacae
A slender perennial vine with fleshy, fibrous roots.
|Form or habit:||Climbing or twining plant|
Narrow to narrowly egg- shaped, prominant parrallel veins, conspicuous raised midrib on the upper surface, green & 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. Flowering November to February|
|Fruit description:||Berries, black, glossy, globular 0.6cm diameter.|
|Habitat:||Rainforest,Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest,Vine thicket,Woodland/ open forest|
|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 Eustrephus has several veins on the lower surface.|