Eustrephus latifolius, Fam. Laxmanniaceae
Slender, branched, perennial climber with tuberous roots.
|Form or habit:||Vine (Climbing, Twining or groundcover)|
Alternate, linear to broadly ovate, 2.5-12 x 2-35mm, venation parallel with several veins conspicuous on underside, sessile or with a petiole up to 1mm long.
|Flower description:||Axillary cymes of a few, small pink to white flowers with fringed petals. August to June.|
|Fruit description:||Fleshy, bright yellow orange capsules, 1-2cm in diameter. Capsules split to reveal the black seed and fleshy white aril. Any month of the year.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (riverine or riparian) forest, rainforest, woodland.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, New Guinea.|
|Food source for:||Fruit eaten by the Lewin's honeyeater and Australian king parrot. Larval food plant of the ivy leafroller moth Cryptoptila immersana and the beetle Aproida balyi.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Australia, New Guinea.|
|Notes:||Most soils are suitable but it requires fairly good drainage, will grow in sun or semi-shade. Seed germinates readily. The tubers are edible raw and quite sweet.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|