Stephania japonica var. discolor—Snake Vine—MENISPERMACEAE.

Stephania japonica

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Habitat—Grows in or near all types of warmer rainforest, sometimes in open forest or in coastal dune communities.

Distribution—Widespread north from Eden (North Coast, Central Coast, South Coast, Northern Tablelands, Central Tablelands, North Western Slopes, Central Western Slopes) in New South Wales into Queensland. Also in Asia.

Description— Climber or twiner, slender stems without prickles; dioecious.

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, Crowdy Bay National Park, Darawank Nature Reserve and Wetland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Golden Ponds Reserve, Goldens Road Wetlands, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Second Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Talawahl Nature Reserve, The Sanctuary, Tiona, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Tuncurry Flora Park, Wallamba Cove, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, palmately veined, hairy, grayish green below. Peltate; lamina circular to ovate or triangular, mostly 5 to 12 cm long, 3 to 8 cm wide; apex more or less acuminate to obtuse; base rounded to more or less cordate; lower surface finely hairy and very pale green; upper surface usually glabrous and dark green; petiole 3 to 12 cm long.

Stephania japonica
Stephania japonica

Inflorescence.— Mostly 4 to 8 cm long.

Flowering.—Mostly Summer.

Fruit.—Drupe more or less obovoid, 2 to 5 mm long, red at maturity.

Ripe.—Late Summer to early Autumn.

Stephania japonica