Parsonsia

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Parsonsia

Description

Climbing shrubs; Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3 or more, equal in size at a node, entire; Inflorescence axillary or terminal, corymbose, pedunculate and several times branched or with flowers clustered at inflorescence ends, few- to many-flowered; Sepals connate at the very base, erect or reflexed, ovate to linear, with colleters inside. Stamens exserted, inserted anywhere on the corolla tube from the base to near the throat, adnate to the style head; Ovules many. Fruit of 1 follicle clearly composed of 2 locules; Seeds roughly triangular in cross section, long and narrow, bearing a coma at the end towards the apex of the fruit.

Distribution

Asia-Tropical, from India and Sri Lanka to China, southwards through Indochina and Malesia to the western Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand present
Approximately 82 species from India and Sri Lanka to China, southwards through Indochina and Malesia to the western Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand; in Malesia 27 species.

Citation

H. Huber - in Abeyw. (ed.), Revis. Handb. Fl. Ceylon 1. 1973: 20
R.Br., Asclepiadeae. 1810: 55
Backer & Bakh.f. - in Fl. Java. 1965: 242
R.Br. - in Tree Fl. Sabah & Sarawak. 2004: 12
R.Br. - in Dassan. (ed.), Revis. Handb. Fl. Ceylon 4. 1983: 57
Coode et al., Checklist Pl. Brunei. 1996: 28
J.B. Williams - in Fl. Australia. 1996: 154
R.Br., Asclepiadeae. 1810: 53
Backer & Bakh.f. - in Fl. Java. 1965: 242
R.Br. - in Fl. Thailand. 1999: 135
Pit. - in Lecomte, Fl. Indo-Chine 3. 1933: 1172
D.J. Middleton - in Blumea. 1997: 193