Contr. New South Wales Natl Herb. 3: 166 (1962) APNI
Vigorous glabrous perennial climber with stems to 3 m long or more, producing woody, internally yellowish tubers. Leaves triangular to deltoid, 3–10 cm long, 1.5–6 cm wide, apex acute, prominently sagittate at base; petiole usually as long as lamina or longer. Inflorescence a diffuse, flexuose-branched panicle to 30 cm long or more; flowers bisexual or female; perianth segments elliptic, obtuse, c. 1 mm long at anthesis, green or purplish, the 3 inner segments soon enlarging in fruit, becoming c. orbicular with cordate bases, membranous and strongly reticulate-veined, c. 1 cm diam., pale brown or pinkish, outer segments barely enlarging; fruiting pedicel articulate below base. Nut elliptic, pale brown, shining. Flowers mainly Feb.–Apr.
*CVU, *EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *HNF, *HSF, *OtP, *VVP. Naturalised all States except NT. Native to South Africa. Rather common in Melbourne inner and eastern bayside suburbs as a weed in gardens and coastal or near-coastal shrublands, usually on moist sandy soils. Occasional elsewhere (e.g. Dandenong Ranges, Erica, Lakes Entrance), but either under-collected or likely to spread further along the coast.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|East Gippsland Lowlands||present||naturalised|
|New South Wales|