Curtius Polycarp J. Sprengel, 1824
South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territories;
Australia, New Guinea
viridiflora, R.Br. 1811.
Asclepias viridiflora, E. Mey.?
Marsdenia viridiflora subsp. tropica,
This member of the Asclepiadaceae*
family was given this name by Curtius Polycarp Joachim Sprengel in 1824. It is found in most
of Australia and in New Guinea, growing in a well drained soil with some water and
lots of sun. The tubers can grow to ten centimetres in diameter, the
vines can reach seven metres. The flowers are greenish to yellow, and the plant
can be reproduced both by seeds and cuttings.
The genera name from Latin
pergula; 'reading room, atelier', for the plants ability
to grow on gazebos. The species name means 'green flowers'.
*This family might
been incorporated in the Apocynaceae