This little known vine and it’s various relatives in the Asian tropics (e.g Indoroucheria sp. etc). is a testimony to how the tropics makes monstrosities of well known temperate plant families. Flax (Linum usitatissimum), from which we get our healthful flaxseeds and utilitarian flax fibres, is a small herb cultivated in cooler areas of the world.
Who knows what quality of fibres our native “flax” vine Hugonia jenkinsii can offer.
This rain forest denizen is instantly recognizable by it’s coiled hooks, which look like ram horns, and which appear more ornamental than functional. The leaves have a slender elliptic outline and are gently toothed along the margins, with veins that curve and meet inside leaf.
Someday…I will glance upon her flowers. But for now, I fantasize upon her fibres.