Marsdenia viridiflora

Family Asclepiadaceae

Long-lived, woody twiner with multistems from potato-like tuber up to 10 cm diameter.

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

Fruit: Ovoid follicle 4 - 8 cm long, splitting to release plumed seeds in autumn.

Seed: Wind dispersed.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Open woodland habitat with occasional plants in remnant areas at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Resprouts after fire.
  • Listed as an endangered population under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act (1995).

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Marsdenia viridiflora flower

Marsdenia viridiflora fruit