Aphanopetalum resinosum

This shrubby climber may be recognised by its glossy, dark green, opposite leaves, with shallow, blunt teeth. The leaves are firm and up to 10 cm long. The petals of the flower are minute or absent; the four greenish, petal-like sepals are similar to those of Coachwood.

Flowers occur singly or in short clusters in the forks of the leaves from late spring to summer. As the fruit ripens in autumn, the enlarged sepals remain, enclosing a small nut, which contains a tiny seed.

This vine could be confused with Staff Vine Celastrus australis. However, Staff Vine has alternate leaves that are not as glossy as those of Gum Vine.

Howe Range, VIC to Brisbane area, QLD