Country of Origin: S. Tanzania to Mozambique and W. Pacific
Habitat: notophyll rainforest, along scrubby watercourses & littoral rainforest
Description: Simple linear light green leaves have a base that encloses the stem and drawn out leaf tips that form narrow coiled tendrils. Has formless extrafloral nectaries that secrete nectar, mainly through stomata, in the leaf sheaths that are tightly pressed against the stem.
Uses: Aborigines had many uses for this vine, including using the astringent leaves to heal wounds. Tips (sap) applied to sore eyes and also used as contraceptive. Used as rope for tree climbing. Woven into fish traps and nets.
Culture: Difficult to propagate from cuttings, resents root disturbance and hard pruning.