staff vine


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staff tree

or staff vine
[From the early modern misidentification of bittersweet (Celastrus) as the tree called kēlastros in Greek (actually the holly Ilex aquifolium), said by Theophrastus to have wood useful only for making staves for the elderly .]
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Noun1.staff vine - twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seedsstaff vine - twining shrub of North America having yellow capsules enclosing scarlet seeds
Celastrus, genus Celastrus - genus of woody vines and erect shrubs (type genus of the Celastraceae) that is native chiefly to Asia and Australia: includes bittersweet
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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Green Catbirds associated mostly with Satin Bowerbirds Ptilonorhynchus violaceus, feeding together on Sandpaper Fig, Brown Beech, Moreton Bay Fig, Brush Muttonwood, Tree Heath Trochocarpa laurina and Staff Vine Celastrus subspicata.
Furthermore, at least one third of the fruits found in the diet have not been identified in other studies: Staff Vine, Water Vine Cissus hypoglauca, Bolwarra, Sandpaper Fig, Brush Muttonwood, Crabapple and Tree Heath.