Marsdenia paludicola  |  

Marsdenia paludicola

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Marsdenia paludicola is a woody vine with fibrous roots. The cylindrical stems are densely covered in velvety hairs when young, becoming ridged and corky when old, and exude white latex when cut. The leaves are heart-shaped at the base and grow to 19 cm long and 8 cm wide on stalks 11-55 mm long. The lower surface is pale cream-green to purple with sparse to dense velvety hairs and prominent venation. The upper surface is dark glossy green and hairless with faintly visible venation. Flowers are 9-14 mm long, 10-15 mm wide and on stalks 6-9 mm long. The corolla is bell-shaped and cream coloured and the basal part is a tube about 5 mm long, 4-4.5 mm wide. The fruit are spindle-shaped to egg-shaped, 20 cm long and 5 cm wide.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Marsdenia paludicola

    Threats The main identified threats to M. paludicola include inappropriate fire regimes and potential for localised visitor or settlement pressure (Landsberg Clarkson; 2004).