Clematicissus opaca—Small-leaved Water Vine, Pepper Vine—VITACEAE

Clematicissus opaca

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Habitat—Grows in dry rainforest and sclerophyll forest, often over rocky outcrops

Distribution—Chiefly in coastal areas north from the Hunter Valley, also on the Razorback Range., and inland to the Narrabri district in New South Wales and into Queensland..

Description—Weak climber with large underground tubers, mostly glabrous.

Local occurrences

Cape Hawke, Copeland, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve and Tallwoods.

Leaves.— Palmately compound or rarely simple on juvenile growth, alternate, tendrils produced opposite the leaf, leaflets mostly 3 to 5, usually ± linear to narrow-lanceolate, sometimes elliptic to lanceolate, 0.5 to 7 cm long, 0.3 to 3 cm wide, apex ± acuminate, base tapering, margins toothed to entire, glabrous, upper surface green, lower surface paler or glaucous or sometimes purplish; petiole 1 to 4 cm long, petiolules 0 to 5 mm long.

Clematicissus opaca
Clematicissus opaca

Inflorescence—1 or 2 umbels, each 4 to 10—flowered. Petals 5, 2 to 3 mm long, yellowish.


Fruit—± globose, c. 12 mm diam., purplish.

Ripe.—February to March.

Clematicissus opaca