Parsonsia straminea var. straminea

Family Apocynaceae

Common Silkpod

Tall woody vine climbing by adventitious roots and twining stems.

Flowers: Small pale yellow, October-June, peak February. Pollinated by butterflies (in lowland subtropical rainforest).

Fruit: Capsule 10–20 cm long, separating to release on average 130 plumed seeds per capsule. Matures December.

Seed: Plumed seed, wind-dispersed.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Woodland habitat in sheltered sites, along creek line in the Australian Botanic Garden woodland.
  • Plants grow vigorously in autumn.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Parsonsia straminea plant

Parsonsia straminea flower

Parsonsia straminea fruit

Parsonsia straminea seed

Parsonsia straminea seed