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Common name: Kangaroo Vine, Water Vine
Cissus antarctica Vent. APNI*
Synonyms: Cissus oblonga (Benth.) Planch. APNI*
Description: Woody climbers with new growth ± rusty-pubescent, often glabrescent with age; tendrils simple or 2-branched.
Leaves simple, lamina ovate to ovate-oblong, mostly 4–12 cm long, 20–50 mm wide, apex acuminate, base mostly rounded, margins toothed to entire, upper surface ± glabrous, lower surface usually rusty-hairy with prominent raised domatia; petiole 1–3 cm long.
Inflorescences congested, 1–3 cm long. Petals c. 2 mm long, yellowish.
Fruit globose, c. 15 mm diam., purplish.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in warmer rainforest; chiefly in coastal regions north from Tathra and inland to the Liverpool Ra.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, CWS
Other Australian states: Qld
Specimens with ± entire glabrous leaves and fewer domatia and unbranched tendrils have sometimes been separated as C. oblonga.
Text by G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 3 (1992)
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