Hippocratea barbata

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Hippocratea barbataFamily: Celastraceae
Genus: Hippocratea
Common names: Knot vine
ALA reference

This is a woody vine that uses its lateral branches to grow right around supporting plants to form closed loop like knots. It has shiny dark green leaves up to 9 cm long and 5 cm wide. The greenish yellow flowers are about 9 mm across and highly fragrant. The fruit is a leathery capsule from 3-5 cm long containing winged seeds. Since I’ve only found this one plant in the reserve I’m hoping it will produce seeds this year. (January 2008)

This is a woody vine which grows into the tree canopy. It has shiny dark green leaves up to 9 cm long and 5 cm wide. It has fragrant greenish yellow flowers in November – December followed by a leathery capsule up to 3 cm long. The common name is derived from its unusual climbing habit. It uses its lateral branches to grow right around supporting plants to form closed loop like knots. This plant does not appear to be very common in the reserve. There is a plant with a stem length of about 5 metres growing just to the north of the large Podocarpus tree. (January 2007)

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