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Scrambling Lily

Geitonoplesium cymosum
Philesiaceae
Scrambling Lily
Very Common

This slender climber has narrow, alternate leaves with many fine, longitudinal veins. The leaves are dark-green with pointed tips, and a very short, twisted leaf stalk; in this area, they are 5-9 cm by 0.5-1 cm (can be broader in other areas). There is a raised midvein on the upper surface of the leaf, most distinct near the base. The stems have very fine grooves and feel a little rough to touch. Because the leaves on each branchlet are twisted to catch the light, they may at first sight appear to be compound leaves.

The white flowers hang in small clusters in the forks of the upper leaves, opening one at a time. The fruit is a round, black berry up to 1 cm across, containing shiny, black seeds. Scrambling Lily can be grown from fresh seed that takes 1-3 months to germinate.

The narrow leaf (in this area) and presence of a raised midvein on the upper side distinguish this vine from the Wombat Berry Eustrephus latifolius . Also, the leaves are glossy dark green on the upper surface and paler underneath, while Wombat Berry leaves are almost the same bright green on both surfaces.

Distribution: Eastern Vic, NSW and Northeast Qld.