Cissus sterculiifolia —Kurrajong-leaf Grape,Yaroong—VITACEAE

Cissus sterculiifolia

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Habitat— In subtropical and littoral rainforest.

Distribution— Widespread but not common, north from Jervis Bay in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Woody climber, ± glabrous; tendrils unbranched.

Local occurrences

Bongil Bongil National Park, Dorrigo National Park, Saltwater National Park, Sea Acres National Park and Tiona Park in the Booti Booti National Park.

Leaves.—Compound, palmate, alternate, tendrils opposite leaf; leaflets mostly 5, elliptic or obovate (sometimes broadly so), 5 to 15 cm long, 15 to 80 mm wide, apex acuminate, base tapering into petiolule, margins entire or less commonly irregularly toothed, both surfaces glabrous and green, several prominent domatia present; petiole 2 to 8 cm long, petiolules 5 to 20 mm long.

Cissus sterculiifolia
Cissus sterculiifolia

Inflorescence.—Umbellate, 3 to 8 cm long. Petals 1.5 to 2 mm long, white.

Flowering.—Late spring to summer

Fruit.—Globose to obovoid, 15 mm diam., purplish.