Geitonoplesium cymosum

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Geitonoplesium cymosum


Twining climber, 1-5 m tall. Leaves resupinate, with a short twisted petiole, broadly ovate to lanceolate or narrowly linear, 5-20 by 0.5-5 cm, rigid, the apex obtuse, acute or apiculate, with a prominent to obscure midrib. Inflorescence a small, loose terminal cyme or panicle of 1-many flowers; pedicel 0.5-3 cm long, with a small bract. Sepals firm, shortly hood-shaped at apex. Petals flat, obtuse, slightly imbricate, the margins thin and entire. Stamens: filaments filiform, separate, geniculate below anther; pollen trichotomosulcate. Fruit a blue-black, globular, succulent, indehiscent berry, 8-15 mm in diam. Seeds 1-10, black, trigono- ovate. 2n = 20 .


Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present, Eastern Australia and Fiji, north to New Ireland present, from Lombok eastwards present
Eastern Australia and Fiji, north to New Ireland; Malesia: Lesser Sunda Islands (from Lombok eastwards), New Guinea.


Stems occasionally used as rope; in Australia young shoots sometimes eaten as a potherb.


Conran & Clifford 1986 – In: Fl. Austral.: 194.
A.C. Sm. 1979 – In: Fl. Vit. Nova: 160
Standley & Ross 1989 – In: Fl. SE Queensl.: 67