Cayratia clematidea —Slender Grape, Native Grape—VITACEAE

Cayratia clematidea

Link to Images on Flickr.

Habitat—Widespread, chiefly on margins of rainforest.

Distribution—North from the Shoalhaven Gorges, west to Tamworth district in New South Wales and into Queensland..

Description—Weak climber with stems to c. 2 m long, pubescent or glabrous; underground stems usually forming small tubers; tendrils 2 to several—branched, without adhesive discs.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head , Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Forster Park and Marina, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Great Lakes College-Tuncurry Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Little Street, One Mile Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, The Islands, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.—Pedately compound with terminal leaflet largest; leaflets usually 5, ovate to elliptic, 1 to 8 cm long, 0.5 to 4 cm wide, apex acuminate to acute, base obtuse to cuneate, margins deeply toothed, both surfaces dull and ± glabrous; petiole 1 to 8 cm long, petiolules 4 to 30 mm long.

Cayratia clematidea
Cayratia clematidea Cayratia clematidea
Cayratia clematidea

Inflorescence—Spreading, peduncles longer than leaves. Petals c. 2.5 mm long, greenish.


Fruit—Globose to obovoid, 5 to 7 mm diam., blackish


Cayratia clematidea