Under good conditions, Five-leaf Water Vine is a tall, vigorous climber, recognised by its compound leaf, containing five, stalked leaflets. Each leaflet is rounded at the base, pointed at the tip, and the underside is bluish to ash-grey. The edges are either smooth, or have small teeth, especially the younger foliage. Young plants may have only three leaflets in each leaf. The vine climbs by tendrils, which grow off the stem opposite the leaves.
The small, yellow flowers, about 4 mm across, occur in clusters in summer. The globular, black berries, about 1.5 cm across, ripen in autumn.
Gippsland Lakes, VIC to Bompa, central QLD