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Tinospora smilacina (Snake Vine)

Tinospora smilacina or Snake Vine is a climber with a woody taproot. It is very common in the vine thickets of the Dampier Peninsula and behind coastal dunes. Its bark is paper thin and the leaves are dark green. Kimberley Aboriginal people are known to use the stems and leaves as well as the young plants for medicinal purposes. Crushed leaves are warmed up and applied directly to sores or wounds and the stems are used for binding or making string or rope.

 

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