Rhyncharrhena linearis (Decne.) K.L.Wilson

Purple Pentatrope

Telopea 2: 38 (1980) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Slender climber or trailer with stems to c. 2 m long; stems finely ribbed, minutely pubescent to glabrous. Leaves narrow-linear, 2–10 cm long, 0.5–5 mm wide, apex acuminate, base attenuate, margins thickened and usually revolute, both surfaces more or less glabrous, midvein prominent below; petiole 1–3 mm long. Inflorescences of 3–7-flowered umbels; peduncles filiform, c. 3 cm long. Pedicels to c. 1.5 cm long with c. 6 linear bracts at base; sepals lanceolate, c. 2 mm long, glabrous; corolla 8–12 mm long, greenish-yellow becoming purple, tube 3–5 mm long, lobes ovate, 5–7 mm long, acute, margins ciliate. Follicles fusiform, 8–18 cm long, 3–8 mm wide, glabrous; seeds 6–10 mm long, c. 3 mm wide, coma hairs 1.5–3 cm long. Flowers Apr.–Jan.

MuM, RobP. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. A rare and localized species in Victoria, restricted to the far north-west.

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: Daniel Ohlsen, 2017-06-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Apocynaceae
Higher taxa


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

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales