Billardiera cymosa F.Muell.

Sweet Apple-berry

Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. Victorian Inst. Advancem. Sci. 29 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Twiner or slender ascending shrub, stems glabrescent. Leaves sessile or subsessile, narrowly ovate to narrowly obovate, 2.5–6(–7) cm long, 4–10(–12) mm wide, glabrous or sparsely pilose on margins and/or undersurface. Flowers c. 5–12 in terminal, shortly pedunculate cymes; sepals ovate to lanceolate, 3–6 mm long, sparsely pubescent to villous dorsally, pubescent on inner face; corolla narrowly campanulate, 11–18 mm long, lobes free, acute to acuminate, spreading to recurved near apex, pale blue or pale purplish, minutely ciliate along margins; stamens c. half to two-thirds as long as corolla; ovary glabrous or silky-pubescent, style 1–3 mm long, subequal to or exceeded by stamens. Capsule glabrous or pubescent, ovoid to cylindric, 8–15 mm long; seeds flattened-ellipsoid, c. 2 mm long.

CVU, Glep, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuM, RobP, VVP, Wim, *GipP.

2 subspecies, both occur in Victoria.

This species previously included Billardiera versicolor. See note under that species.

Source: Walsh, N.G.; Albrecht, D.E. (1996). Pittosporaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-21

Cayzer, L.W.; Crisp, M.D. & Telford, I.R.H. (2004). Cladistic analysis and revision of Billardiera (Pittosporaceae), Australian Systematic Botany 17(1): 83-125.

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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Billardiera cymosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Billardiera cymosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native

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South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory