Marsdenia rostrata R.Br.


Prodr. 461 ; Asclepiadeae 20 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Robust climber with stems to c. 10 m long; stems puberulent when young, glabrescent with age. Leaves broad-oblong to broad-ovate, 4–15 cm long, 2–8 cm wide, apex abruptly narrowed, obtuse, base obtuse to slightly cordate, margins flat to slightly recurved, upper surface usually dark green, glabrous, lower surface pale green with distinct venation, glabrous; glands several at base of midvein, finger-like; petiole 10–40 mm long. Inflorescences simple several–many-flowered umbels; peduncles mostly 10–30 mm long, pubescent. Pedicels 5–15 mm long; sepals 2–2.5 mm long, joined in basal two-thirds, pubescent; corolla 5–7.5 mm long, creamy-white, tubepubescent inside, lobes oblong, 3–6 mm long, spreading. Follicles ovoid, 5–7 cm long, 2–4 cm wide, virtually glabrous; seeds 8–10 mm long, c. 4 mm wide, coma hairs 2–4 cm long. Flowers spring–summer.

EGL, EGU, GipP, HFE, HSF, MuM, Strz. Also Qld, NSW. Apart from an isolated occurrence at Tarra Valley in the Strzelecki Ranges, apparently confined in Victoria to rainforest gullies and wet sclerophyll forests east from the Gippsland Lakes.

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 rostrata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Marsdenia rostrata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Gippsland Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Highlands-Far East present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory