Trophis scandens (Moraceae)

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This attractive vine is known as the Burny Vine or Fire Vine and belongs to the Fig family. When not in fruit it looks like a climbing fig plant, especially since the leaves have that rather fig-ish look about them, and even the carboardy texture of many figs. It also bleed white sap when injured just as a fig plant does.

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When in fruit however, this species is unmistakable. The fruits are like miniature acorns and are borne on an interesting textured receptacle (technically the term is tuberculate) and ripen a beautiful scarlet red. This climber could just as well have been called the climbing oak!

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In juveniles, the leaves can also have some extra small lobes at the base, or exhibit much stronger teething at the margins

More on this when I see flowers!

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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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