Sunday, 24 December 2017

Large-leaved Staff Vine

Large-leaved Staff Vine Celastrus subspicata is an Australian native climbing shrub found in warm coastal rainforests, so I assume Ravensbourne National Park on the Great Dividing Range, where I photographed this one, is probably as far inland as it will be found. It is a very vigorous plant which will grow right up into the canopy of giant rainforest trees.

Earlier this year scientists who have been working with this plant published a paper saying they have extracted certain compounds from it which appear to be useful in treating prostate cancer. It also has anti-inflammatory compounds.

The flowers are fragrant.


chm said...

Tout pour plaire! It looks like it is a lovely vine, and a strong one to boot; it might be helpful in medicine and the flowers are fragrant!

Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan said...

I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday full of good food and good cheer.
Have a very Merry Christmas, and we wish you all the best in the New Year, too!

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