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Genus Echinostephia Family Menispermaceae

Description: Climber, dioecious; with underground tuber. Stems and often petioles with recurved prickles.

Leaves peltate, palmately veined.

Flowers in axillary or terminal , cymose or a raceme of cymese, unisexual. Male flowers with sepals 6 in 2 whorls; petals 6. Filaments of stamens united into a slender column but separating at apex; anthers partly joined. Female flowers with sepals and petals 6.

Drupes compressed laterally; seeds broadyly horseshoe-shaped, with distinctive markings.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 1 species; endemic to eastern Australia.

Text by KL Wilson (June 2010)
Taxon concept: LL Forman (2007) Flora of Australia vol. 2

One species in NSW: Echinostephia aculeata

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