Fissistigma leichhardtii (F.Muell.) Merr.
Rauwenhoffia leichhardtii (F.Muell.) Diels
Unona leichhardtii F.Muell.
Common Name: Zig-zag Vine
Zigzag vine is a vigorous, climbing, evergreen shrub with large stems up to 9cm in diameter that can climb to the canopy of the rainforest. Some of the branches form loops to act like tendrils and support the plant[
The edible fruit is sometimes harvested from the wild and consumed locally.
Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, north to Papua New Guinea.
Complex microphyll closed forests[
]. Grows in well developed rain forest, gallery forest, monsoon forest and vine thickets at elevations from sea level to 1,100 metres[
The plant can be pruned in order to maintain it as a scrambling shrub, rather than letting it climb into the canopy[
Fruit - raw[
]. The sot pulp is reasonably palatable[
]. A pleasant, acidic taste[
]. The red or orange-red peanut-shaped fruits are edible and tasty[
]. The yellow fruits are about 15mm wide and taper into the stalks[
The stems and bark of this plant have shown antitumor activity[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe. It usually germinates easily in less than 2 months[
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