Parsonsia straminea

The young plants of the Common Silkpod are easily recognisable: they cling closely to tree trunks or rocks, climbing straight up rather than twining. The young leaves are purple below, lobed at the base, and much smaller than those of the adult vine. Young Mountain Silkpods, on the other hand, twine around bushes, and their leaves, although much narrower than those of the adult, are pale green underneath.

As with Mountain Silkpod, the small, yellowish-brown flowers of Common Silkpod occur in loose clusters over several months in spring and summer. The fruit is a cylindrical pod, splitting open to release many seeds, each with a tuft of silky hairs; thus, the common name, Silkpod.

Bega Valley, NSW to northern QLD