Stephania japonica (Menispermaceae)

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The leaves of this species have a very distinctive glaucous underside,

This native vine species is known as the Tape Vine or Snake Vine and has three known subspecies. The flowers are some of the weirdest I have seen, where the stamens (pollen bearing parts of the flower) are fused together into a knob-like structure.

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The male flowers in a tight umbel, borne on yet another umbel

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The leaf stalk is attached on the inside of the lamina (i.e. peltate attachment)

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Slender vine habit

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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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