Description: Weak to woody climbers, tendrils 2- to several-branched, sometimes apices with adhesive discs.
Leaves palmately or pedately compound; leaflets 3–12, margins toothed to crenate. Cymes leaf-opposed, mostly long-peduncled.
Flowers bisexual, 4-merous. Calyx almost truncate. Petals free. Disc cupular, fused to base of ovary. Ovary 2-locular; 2 ovules in each loculus; style terete; stigma small.
Distribution and occurrence: World: 45 species, Madagascar, Malesia, Australia, New Caledonia. Australia: 8 species (5 species endemic), Qld, N.S.W.
Text by G. J. Harden
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|1||Leaves 3-foliolate||Cayratia acris|
|Leaves usually pedately 5-foliolate||2|
|2||Leaflets deeply toothed, ovate to elliptic, less than 4 cm wide||Cayratia clematidea|
|Leaflets shallowly crenate, obovate to elliptic, 3–6 cm wide|
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