Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Roots tuberous. Leaves alternate, distichous, with a conspicuous midrib and numerous fine longitudinal veins. Inflorescence a terminal or axillary cymose panicle, rarely flowers single in leaf axils. Flowers bisexual, subtending bracts minute; pedicels articulate; petals with fimbriate margins; stamens 6, hypogynous, filaments flattened, united basally, anthers basifixed, dehiscing apically; ovary superior; style elongate, filiform, stigma minute, capitate. Fruit a loculicidal, fleshy capsule; seeds numerous, sub-globose, shiny black, with a large fleshy strophiole.

A single variable species which occurs in eastern Australia, and southern Pacific Islands.

Source: Conran, J.G. (1994). Smilacaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
genus Eustrephus
Subordinate taxa