Derris involuta (FABACEAE) Native Derris, Fish Poison Vine

Plants to Plant


A large woody vine growing into the canopy of rainforest, north from Wingham, NSW. Compound, alternate leaves with 9-13 ovate-elliptical leaflets up to 5 cm long and 2 cm wide. Pink mauve 1 cm pea flowers on arched racemes from September to October. Flattened, hairy pods to 8 cm long. Ripe March to May. Propagation from fresh seed which has been scarified. Not commonly propagated so is hard to find in nurseries.

Photo: Robert Whyte

Foliage Close-up

In this image, note the absence of upward pointing sharp stipels from the leaf axils which are a characteristic of the similar looking Blood Vine Austrosteenisia blackii but not Native Derris.

Photo: Robert Whyte