Cissus antarctica—Water Vine, Simple Water Vine, Kangaroo Vine.—VITACEAE

Cissus antarctica

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Habitat—Common in subtropical, littoral rainforests and moist gullies.

Distribution— North from Bega, New South Wales to Queensland.

Description—Vigorous tendril climber with yellowish aerial roots on old stems to 400+ m long. Lives up to 200 years. Young stems: greyish or rusty hairy. Tendrils: unbranched or 2 branched.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Boorganna Nature Reserve, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Cliff Road, Copeland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Forster Cemetery, Forster Park and Marina, Golden Ponds Reserve, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Reservoir Hill Reserve, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Stephen Street Reserve, Tiona, Tonie's Gully, Tuncurry Dunes and Heath, Waitui Falls, Wallamba River Area, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, toothed wit tendrils occurring opposite leaf, oblong—ovate to oblong—elliptic, 5 to 14 cm long, margins regularly toothed, upper surface hairless or almost so, lower surface usually hairy.
Domatia: hairy flaps of tissue in vein angles

Cissus antarctica
Cissus antarctica

Inflorescence—Yellowish in crowded heads.

Flowering.—Spring to Summer.

Fruit—Bunches of round purplish—black "grape like" to 15 mm diam.

Ripe.—September to January.

Cissus antarctica