Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Ampelocissus acetosa (F.Muell.) Planch.
Planchon, J.E. (1885) La Vigne Americaines 9: 96.
Native Grape; Grape, Native
Vine stem diameters to 3 cm recorded.
Leaves pedate with 7-9 leaflets. Leaflets about 4-12 x 2-6 cm, middle leaflet usually slightly larger than the other leaflets, leaflet stalks about 0.3-2 cm long. Lateral veins about 4-9 on each side of the midrib. Stipules persistent, broad-based, about 1.5 mm long, much wider than long. Tendrils simple (unbranched) leaf-opposed.
Inflorescence leaf-opposed, produced on a tendril well back from the coiled section of the tendril. Flowers about 3.5 mm diam. Calyx tube 5-lobed, the lobes small and inconspicuous, the calyx tube plus lobes about 0.5 mm long. Petals about 2 x 0.7 mm. Stamens about 1-2 mm long, filaments about 0.75-1 mm long, anthers about 0.3-0.5 mm long. Stigma +/- sessile. Ovules 2 per locule.
Occurs in WA, NT, CYP and NEQ. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 250 m. Grows in vine thicket, monsoon forest or the edge of gallery forest or lowland rain forest. Also occurs in New Guinea.
This plant used medicinally by Aborigines, the juice used for bite of death adder. Cribb (1981).