Цветоводство, садовые цветы
Merremia tuberosa, растения Австралии

Leaves and fruits. Copyright CSIRO

Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO

Vine stem bark and vine stem transverse section. Copyright CSIRO

Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO

Cotyledon and 1st leaf stage, Hypogeal germination. Copyright CSIRO

10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO

Merremia tuberosa



Botanical Name

Merremia tuberosa (L.) Rendle

Rendle, A.B. (1905) Flora Tropical Africa 4: 104. Type: ?.


Ipomoea tuberosa L., Species Plantarum: 160(1753), Type: Tropical regions.

Common name

Spanish Arbour-Vine; Wood Rose




Vine stem diameters to 3 cm recorded. Milky exudate copious.


Leaf blades deeply and palmately divided usually with 7 lobes, leaf blades about 8.5-14 x 9.5-18 cm overall, petioles about 5.5-12 cm long. Oil dots streaky. Each lobe of the leaf blade has a major middle vein and attached lateral veins. Stems and petioles produce a milky exudate.


Inflorescence a 2 to 7-flowered raceme about 7-13 cm long. Calyx lobes glabrous, about 30 x 20-25 mm clasping the base of the flower. Corolla trumpet-shaped, about 4.5-5.5 x 5 cm. Stamens irregular in length, about 6-18 mm long. Filaments thickened and hairy towards the base. Anthers about 6 mm long with two rows of glands on the back. Disk about 1.5 mm high, surrounding the ovary. Ovary globose, about 3 mm diam. Style about 15 mm long. Stigma globose, 4-lobed. Ovules 2 per locule.


Fruits globose, about 3.5-4 cm diam., enclosed by the persistent sepals forming a structure about 8-10 cm diam. Seeds 1-4 per fruit, each seed about 20 x 15 x 10 mm, clothed in black prostrate hairs.


First leaves glabrous, deeply and narrowly palmately five-lobed. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade palmatisect, five-lobed, sometimes appearing seven-lobed because of additional lobing on the basal pair of lobes. Midrib and lateral veins depressed on the upper surface. Minute oil dots barely visible with a lens. Plant twining.

Distribution and Ecology

An introduced species probably originating in tropical America, now naturalized in tropical Africa, the Mascarenes, India and Sri Lanka. Occurs in NEQ, coastal central Queensland and New South Wales. Altitudinal range in NEQ from near sea level to 300 m. Grows on the margins of lowland rain forest.

Natural History

This species may have medicinal properties. It is also used as a hallucinogen.





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