Marsdenia rostrata

Family Asclepiadaceae

Common Milkvine

Robust twiner with copious milky sap. Multi-stemmed from long-lived rootstock.

Flowers: Pale yellow. Some species of Marsdenia pollinated by flies, beetles (Lycidae - Metriorrhynchus sp.)

Fruit: Broad pointed follicle about 5 cm long, splitting to release seeds.

Seed: Seed plumed and therefore wind dispersed.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Sheltered woodland sites.
  • Only one plant recorded In the Australian Botanic Garden Woodland.
  • No fertile seed set in 2006, possibly due to absence of other plants within pollinator radius.


Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Marsdenia rostrata plant

Marsdenia rostrata flower

Marsdenia rostrata fruit

Marsdenia rostrata seeds