Derris trifoliata (Northern Derris) (Fabaceae)

Derris trifoliata (Northern Derris)

This drab-looking climber is very common in mangroves and coastal areas and is extremely widespread throughout Southeast Asia and Far North Queensland. Although it bears the specific epithet ‘trifoliata’, the pinnate leaves have 5 leaflets.

The flowers are borne on spikes and are whitish or light purple.

This plant has been known to be used as fish poison, a fact that is known by many cultures in Southeast Asia and also in Australia. Bruised plant material can be placed in the water to stun fish, and the poison apparently does not affect the edibility of the fish.

Derris trifoliata (Northern Derris)

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About David Tng

I am David Tng, a hedonistic botanizer who pursues plants with a fervour. I chase the opportunity to delve into various aspects of the study of plants. I have spent untold hours staring at mosses and allied plants, taking picture of pollen, culturing orchids in clean cabinets, counting tree rings, monitoring plant flowering times, etc. I am currently engrossed in the study of plant ecology (a grand excuse to see 'anything I can). Sometimes I think of myself as a shadow taxonomist, a sentimental ecologist, and a spiritual environmentalist - but at the very root of it all, a "plant whisperer"!
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