Echinostephia aculeata (MENISPERMACEAE) Prickly Tape Vine

Plants to Plant


Rarer of the two Stephanias (former name) found locally – a significant plant. It can be confused with Stephania japonica, but has softer foliage and small, soft, recurved hooks on the stems. Weak twiner with stems and petioles with prickles 1-2 mm long; dioecious. Stephania, a genus of climbing plants, named in honour of Frederick Stephan (1757-1814) director of the St. Petersburg Botanic Garden. Another more likely derivation is based on the Greek stephanos a crown, alluding to the anthers being united and forming a crown.

Photo: Robert Whyte