This scrambling vine is a common sight throughout many beach areas of Australia. It is invariably found covering the tops of sand dunes and is made particularly conspicuous by the its bell shaped lavender and purple coloured flowers. The leaves are also early identified as they are two lobed, one lobe on either side of the vein or mid rib of the leaf. The central tap root of the vine may be eaten after extensive preparation. Some Aboriginal people did not eat this tap root and it would appear to be quite toxic in some locations.
The tap root can . . .