Nature conservation

Threatened species

Tinospora Vine - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Tinospora smilacina
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 14 Jun 2020


Tinospora Vine is a slender climber, more or less deciduous, and often has a succulent stem. The leaves vary in shape, from heart-shaped to triangular. They are rather thin, and 4 – 10 cm long. The leaf stalk varies in length from 1 to 8 cm, with a swelling at its junction with the stem. Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants, and are small and inconspicuous in long, unbranched clusters, often produced when the plant is leafless. The fleshy fruits are produced in groups of three.


North from the Coffs Harbour district in north-east NSW, where it is rare. Its distribution also includes Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Habitat and ecology

  • Dry rainforest and along the boundaries of dry rainforest and dry eucalypt forest.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
NSW North CoastCoffs Coast and Escarpment Predicted None
NSW North CoastDalmorton Known None
NSW North CoastMacleay Hastings Known None
NSW North CoastWashpool Predicted None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandWoodenbong Known None