Tetrastigma nitens (VITACEAE) Three-leaved Water Vine

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Vigorous woody climber (vine) with smooth, shiny leaves, palmately compound; leaflets mostly three. Leaf margins coarsely and regularly toothed. Teeth sometimes reduced to hard points. Brown flowers in dense axillary clusters from August to November. Each flower has a large, four-lobed stigma which serves to distinguish it from Cissus species which have a small stigma (Jones and Gray). Fruit ellipsoid to obovoid, 15-20 mm long, blackish.  Like the similar Native Grape Cissus antarctica the fruit’s tannins and alkaloids may produce an unpleasant scratchiness in the throat. Overall, not great bush tucker.

Photo: Robert Whyte