Tragia novae-hollandiae

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Tragia novae-hollandiaeFamily: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Tragia
Common names: Stinging vine
ALA reference

I found this stinging vine by touch rather than by sight. My forearm brushed against it while I was spraying and it left a mass of angry welts along my arm. I’d rate the pain as slightly worse than stinging nettles and the sting lasted for about 3 hours. It grows as a twining climber to about 2 metres and the stem and leaves are covered in stinging hairs. The plants are monoecious. The photo shows the relatively large three lobed fruit. My advice is if you see this vine look but don’t touch. (March 2008)