Tetrastigma nitens—Three-leaved Water Vine—VITACEAE.

Tetrastigma nitens

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Habitat— Widespread but usually not common, in subtropical, dry and littoral rainforest.

Distribution— North from Gosford in New South Wales into Queensland.

Description—Glabrous woody climber.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Dixon Property, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, Red Head, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Islands, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve

Leaves.— Palmately compound, alternate, tendrils produced opposite the leaf, leaflets mostly 3, obovate to broad—elliptic, 4 to 12 cm long, 2 to 6 cm wide, apex acuminate to acute, base cuneate, margins coarsely and regularly toothed or teeth sometimes reduced to hard points, glabrous, both surfaces dark green, upper surface glossy; petiole 0 to 5 cm long, petiolules 2 to 20 mm long.

Tetrastigma nitens
Tetrastigma nitens

Inflorescence.—Cymes umbel—like, 2 to 4 cm diam. Calyx 4—lobed. Petals 2 to 3 mm long, greenish.

Flowering.—Summer

Fruit.—Ellipsoid to obovoid, 15 to 20 mm long, blackish.

Ripe.—Late Summer to Autumn.

Tetrastigma nitens