Category Archives: Lifeform – Climbers

Clerodendrum splendens (Lamiaceae)

Commonly by various names such as the Flaming Glorybower, this vigorous vine, native to tropical Africa, is grown for its showy and ornamental red blossoms. Beautiful these flowers are! – brilliant bright red, very showy, and borne in terminal clusters. … Continue reading

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Parapachygone longifolia (Menispermaceae)

Removed of their outer flesh, the seeds of this endemic rainforest vine look like they have a design that HR Giger (who designed the disturbing sets for the Aliens movies) might have raised eyebrows upon seeing. The leaves of this … Continue reading

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Stephania japonica (Menispermaceae)

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 … Continue reading

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Rubus alceifolius (Rosaceae)

The Giant Bramble is one of a few species of brambles related to blackberries and raspberries. True to the reputation of being a bramble, this species is thorny and not fun to go walking through. It is often found growing … Continue reading

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Callerya pilipes (Fabaceae)

Aptly named the Northern Wisteria, it’s delightful seeing one of these vines in flower. Such a deep pink with a brilliant heart. Having lived in Tasmania for almost a decade, I can appreciate the flushes of purple conferred by Wisterias … Continue reading

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Ficus pumila (Moraceae)

The Creeping fig is probably one of the most well-known ornamental fig plants, and is seen in many tropical countries as an ornamental climber, not just for the home but also in urban settings, where it is used to decorate … Continue reading

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Ficus pantoniana (Moraceae)

A common climbing fig of rainforest and also swamp forest, F. pantoniana has globular orange-red figs. The leaves of this fig are longish-ovate and the leaf stalks are often brownish.

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