Cayratia japonica (Vitaceae)

Cayratia japonica

A native rainforest grapevine with a dark reputation. It is called the Bushkiller. I must confess that all the times I have seen it, which would be in Wet eucalypt forest, I never got any impression that this grapevine would smother anything.

The leaves are compound in a foot-like fashion, with 5 leaflets. This species can be confused with Cayratia clematidea, another rather soft fleshy vine species like the Bushkiller. The lowest leaflets of that species however, tend to have a little lobing, and the leaflets are somewhat more pointed.

Cayratia japonica

Cayratia japonica

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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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