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Genus Cayratia Family Vitaceae

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.

Berries 2–4-seeded.


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
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves 3-foliolateCayratia acris
Leaves usually pedately 5-foliolate2
2Leaflets deeply toothed, ovate to elliptic, less than 4 cm wideCayratia clematidea
Leaflets shallowly crenate, obovate to elliptic, 3–6 cm wide
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Cayratia eurynema

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