Callerya australis —Blunt Wistaria—FABACEAE.

Callerya australis

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Habitat—Subtropical & littoral rainforests & along stream banks

Distribution—North from Port Macquarie in New South Wales to the McPherson Range in South East Queensland.

Description—Tall slender, or bushy woody climber, showy and fast growing. Often inconspicuous in the rainforest canopy, the only sign being a mat of purplish flowers on the forest floor.
Stems: twining, young shoots silky-hairy.

Local occurrences

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Sea Acres National Park.

Leaves.— Compound, Leaflets 7 to 9, hairless. Pinnate, 10 to 20 cm long with 9 to 15 leaflets.
Leaflets: Opposite, with a terminal leaf; 6 cm x 3.5 cm, apex blunt or notched and base rounded, upper surface dull and dark green, lower surface lighter.
Petiole: 3-5 cm long.

Callerya australis

Inflorescence.—Pea-like, numerous, mauve and purple, 10-12 mm, born in axillary racemes to 15 cm. Showy perfumed flowers. Blooms: profusely

Flowering.—September to December.

Fruit— Large, hairless, narrow-oblong pod, 8 to 15cm long. 2 to 3 cm wide, turns dry and woody.
Seeds: 3 to 8 per pod, reddish-brown to orange, hard, round, 1 to 1.5 cm across. Seeds are very poisonous.

Ripe.—April to July.