Parsonsia dorrigoensis, Family Apocynaceae, also known as Milky Silkpod, is a slender twiner to 6 m tall with milky latex from cut stems or broken leaf stalks. Its adult leaves are opposite on the stem, narrowly triangular to broadly egg-shaped, 3Ð12 cm long, 1.4Ð5 cm wide, green to purplish on the underside with broadly lobed to square to rounded leaf bases, and long acuminate and finely tipped apexes. The flowers are relatively small, cream or yellowish and in groups of 3Ð11. Its fruit is a slender, rounded capsule, 5Ð7 cm long, approximately 0.5 cm diameter, splitting open to release numerous seeds, each with long silky hairs at one end (Williams, 1996).
Mt Larcom Silk Pod |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Parsonsia dorrigoensis
The main potential threats to Milky Silkpod include clearing of habitat for agriculture or road works invasion of habitat by introduced weeds; particularly Lantana (Lantana camara) and detrimental burning regimes.