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Blood Vine

(Austrosteenisia blackii, fam. Fabaceae)

Austrosteenisia blackii Austrosteenisia blackii Austrosteenisia blackii Austrosteenisia blackii Austrosteenisia blackii
A large vigorous and woody vine
Form or habit: Climbing or twining plant
Leaf: Alternate

Compound, pinnate, short thickened leaf stalks. 5-11 leaflets, egg shaped dark green 5 x 2cm.

Flower conspicuous: Conspicuous
Flower colour: Dark Maroon-to pink
Flower description:Pea-like flower shape, dark maroon approx. 1cm long, borne on long loosely branched racemes.
Fruit conspicuous: Conspicuous
Fruit colour: Golden brown Pods; Green or brown seeds
Fruit: Dry
Fruit description: Golden brown Pods, flat, papery to 10 x 2cm containing 2-5 green or brown seeds.
Habitat:Rainforest,Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest
Distribution:North-eastern QLD to north-eastern NSW - Cooktown QLD to Hunter River in NSW.
Food source for:Host plant for orange Aeroplane butterfly pupae can be found on the vine.
Toxicity:No toxicity known
Weed status:
Notes:Stems can reach lengths of 20m and diameters of 400mm.
Information sources:
Beasley J. (2008) Plants of Tropical North Queensland.

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