Trophis scandens

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Trophis scandensFamily: Moraceae
Genus: Trophis
Common name: Burnie vine
ALA reference

This species is very common in the Reserve. It is a very strong and vigorous climber growing to the top of some of the tall trees and covering quite large areas where it forms dense thickets. Many of these plants have flowered extremely well this year. This species is dioecious, and the ratio of male to female plants seems to be approximately equal. The male flowers shown in the photo are much more conspicuous than the female flowers. The fruit is bright red and shiny and I’m hoping that we get a really good crop this year. The fruit is edible and many fruit eating birds are attracted to it. The plant spreads with long thin horizontal canes and care needs to be taken when walking past them to ensure that they don’t rub against exposed skin because they can cause rather painful “burns” – hence the common name. (September 2010)

Burnie vine is a vigorous scrambling climber and can be found as straggling shrubby plants almost covering small trees, to large vines reaching the tree canopy. These vines are dioecious with separate male and female plants. The long new twining canes are very rough and feel as if they are covered with coarse sandpaper. They are also very tough and were used by the aborigines for making string and rope. The bright red fruit can be found from December to February. (January 2007)