Echinostephia aculeata—Prickley Snake Vine—MENISPERMACEAE

Echinostephia aculeata

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Habitat— Mainly found in open forest, often near and on the margins of Rainforest, seldom in Rainforest.

Distribution— North from the Orara River in New South Wales and into Queensland.

Description—Weak twiner with stems and petioles with prickles 1 to 2 mm long; dioecious.

Local occurrences

Iluka Nature Reserve

Leaves.

Peltate, lamina triangular to broad–ovate, mostly 4 to 6 cm long, rarely to 10 cm long, 1 to 5 cm wide, apex acute to mucronate, base truncate to ± cordate, margins entire, both surfaces glabrous, lower surface paler and glaucous; petiole 1 to 5 cm long.
Echinostephia aculeata
Echinostephia aculeata

Inflorescence.—Usually 5 to 12 cm long.

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.—Drupe ± obovoid, 3 to 5 mm long.

Ripe.—Autumn

Echinostephia aculeata