Cayratia clematidea

Family Vitaceae

Weak climber with stems to 2 m long and compound leaves with 5 leaflets and tendrils; underground stem forming small tubers. Dies back in dry periods.

Flowers: Small, white, December - January.

Fruit: Black berry 5-7 mm diameter. Probably bird dispersed.

Seed: 2-4 seeds per fruit, mature during March-September.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout

Ecology

  • Grows on margins of woodland in sheltered, shaded sites.
  • Rare at the Australian Botanic Garden along dry creekline .
  • Resprouts from rootstock after fire.
  • Larval food plant of Joseph's Coat Moths Agarista agricola.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Cayratia clematidea plant

Cayratia clematidea flower

Cayratia clematidea fruit