Parsonsia

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Climbers with woody stems, often robust, evergreen; sap clear (in Victoria) or milky. Leaves opposite; petiole prominent. Flowers in terminal or axillary cymes or panicles, pedicellate; sepals fused at base, with minute basal glands inside; corolla usually cream, yellow or greenish, tube short, with a ring of reflexed hairs in throat, lobes spreading to revolute, imbricate or valvate in bud; stamens partially or fully exserted from corolla-tube, anthers narrowed at apex, fused in a cone around style head and mostly adhering to it, fertile in upper half only, expanded at base into 2 sterile lobes; nectary scales 5, free or fused; carpels fused, ovary usually superior, 2-celled, ovules many per cell, style head dilated, mostly capitate, with a circular membranous or thickened ring near base. Fruit a capsule, terete and pod-like or ovoid, separating on maturity into 2 follicle-like segments and a thin septum; seeds numerous, with a coma of long silky hairs.

About 130 species from South-east Asia to south-western Pacific; 36 species in Australia.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Apocynaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
 
Hero image
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Gentianales
family Apocynaceae
Higher taxa
genus Parsonsia
Subordinate taxa