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Tristellateia australasiae

(Shower of Gold Climber)


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Ornamental liana from SE Asia to New Caledonia.

Common Names

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Common Names in Chinese:


Common Names in English:

Shower of Gold Climber, Vining Galphimia, Vining Milkweed


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Family Malpighiaceae

The Malpighiaceae are trees and lianous shrubs comprising about 60 genera and 1,200 species that are further characterized by the presence of often reddish, medifixed or variously branched hairs . The leaves are simple , usually opposite, and frequently have paired glands on the petiole or base of the blade ; stipules are usually present. The flowers are mostly bisexual and are actinomorphic or weakly zygomorphic. The perianth typically consists of two whorls with 5 distinct segments in each. One or more of the sepals usually have one or more conspicuous glands. The petals are usually clawed and the limb is typically fringed or toothed . The androecium consists of usually 10 distinct or basally connate stamens in two whorls but some or half of them are commonly reduced to staminodes. The gynoecium consists of a single compound pistil of almost always 3 carpels, 3 distinct styles, and a superior ovary with 3 locules, each containing a single pendulous, axile ovule. The fruit is variable. -- Gerald Carr.

Physical Description

Species Tristellateia australasiae

Woody lianas, ca. 10 m tall, mostly glabrous . Leaf stipules 2, linear to lanceolate, ca. 1 mm, apex acute; petiole 1-1.5 cm; leaf blade ovate , 6-12 × 4-7 cm, papery or leathery, both surfaces glabrous, base cordate to rounded , with 2 glands adnate to petiole, margin slightly reflexed , apex acute to acuminate. Racemes terminal or axillary ; pedicels 1.5-3 cm; bract 1, articulate distally; bracteoles 2. Flowers 2-2.5 cm in diam. Sepals 5, triangular, ca. 3 × 1.5 mm, eglandular or with very minute glands. Petals 5, yellow, sagittate-ovate, 8-13 × 5-6 mm, clawed, glabrous, entire; claw 2-3 mm. Stamens 3-4 mm. Schizocarp stellate , 1-2 cm in diam. Fl. Aug, fr. Oct. [source]


Forests near seashores.[1].


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An accepted name in the RHS Horticultural Database.

Place of publication : J. S. C. Dumont d'Urville, Voy. Astrolabe 2:159. 1834 (Sert. Astrolab.)

Name verified on 22-Aug-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 17-Jun-2004

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Tristellateia

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 1 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus:

T. australasiae (Shower of Gold Climber)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal December 04, 2007:



  1. "Tristellateia australasiae". in Flora of China Vol. 11 Page 138. Missouri Botanical Garden Press. Online at [back]
Last Revised: 2015-01-30