Sarcopetalum harveyanum

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Sarcopetalum harveyanumFamily: Menispermaceae
Genus: Sarcopetalum
Common name: Pearl vine
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This tall woody slender twining climber is quite uncommon in the reserve – with at most half a dozen plants. It has large and broad cordate leaves that are normally slightly peltate as shown here. The species is dioecious. In November 2009 I identified a female plant. This year another plant has flowered and fortuitously it is a male. The flower spikes are produced on the mature leafless stems. Since the two vines are about 100 metres apart it will be really interesting to see if any of the flowers are pollinated and fruit set. (October 2011)

One plant of this species is growing really well under the large fig tree beside the eastern firebreak. I have seen a couple of other plants in the reserve but they have struggled in the dry weather. The plant has produced about a dozen racemes of flowers scattered along the old mature and leafless parts of the vine. The species is dioecious and these are female flowers. It will be really interesting to see if any of the flowers are pollinated and fruit set. (November 2009)

Sarcopetalum harveyanum

Pearl vine is a woody deciduous vine which climbs using twining stems. The heart shaped leaves are glossy dark green and rather thin in texture. The stems have characteristic corky white lenticels. It produces short racemes of small flowers in spring and early summer, followed by red berries in Autumn. It is dioecious. (January 2007)

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