Marsdenia australis (R.Br.) Druce


Bot. Exch. Club Soc. Brit. Isles 1916: 634 (1917) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Slender climber with stems to c. 4 m long; stems finely hairy, particularly when young. Leaves linear to linear-lanceolate, 3–12 cm long, 2–8 mm wide, thick, slightly fleshy, apex acute, base cuneate, margins flat, both surfaces finely hairy, rarely glabrous, midvein prominent and channelled above, secondary veins obscure; glands 1–5 at base of midvein, minute, rarely absent; petiole 2–15 mm long. Inflorescences usually 6–19-flowered; peduncles mostly 3–15 mm long. Pedicels 3–15 mm long; sepals ovate, 2.5–4 mm long, free almost to base, pubescent; corolla 6–8 mm long, glabrous, white to yellow, tube glabrous inside, lobes obtuse, 3–4 mm long, erect or incurved. Follicles ovoid to obloid, 4–10 cm long, 2.5–3.5 cm wide, smooth, hoary, thick-walled; seeds 5–8 mm long, c. 4 mm wide, coma hairs 2–4 cm long. Flowers late spring–summer.

MuF, MuM, RobP. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria, confined to the far north-west where occasional in dry woodland and scrubland, often near watercourses.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Asclepiadaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-13
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Apocynaceae
genus Marsdenia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Marsdenia australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Marsdenia australis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales