Celastrus australis Harv. & F.Muell. ex F.Muell.

Staff Climber

Trans. Philos. Soc. Victoria 1: 41 (1855)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Climbing shrub; young branches glabrous or puberulous, with broad-ovate to triangular scales near base. Leaves lanceolate to elliptic, 3–10 cm long, 1–5 cm wide, glabrous, apex acute or acuminate, often falcate, base cuneate, margins entire or toothed; petiole 3–15 mm long. Panicles terminal; pedicels 0.8–2.8 mm long. Flowers yellowish-green; sepals c. 0.5 mm long, rounded, much broader than long, irregularly toothed; petals oblong-ovate, 1.5–3 mm long; staminal filaments 0.5–1 mm long, staminodes of female flowers similar but smaller; style c. 1 mm long. Capsule subglobose to ellipsoidal, 3–6.5 mm long, 3–6 mm diam.; seeds angular, 3–4 mm long, enveloped in an orange aril. Flowers mostly late spring and summer.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HSF. Also Qld, NSW. Restricted to East Gippsland where found mainly in rainforest pockets.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Celastraceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-03-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Celastrales
family Celastraceae
genus Celastrus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Celastrus australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Celastrus australis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

State distribution

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Northern Territory
New South Wales