|Etymology||Genus||Stench; referring to the foetid odour|
|Synonyms||Paederia scandens (Lour.) Merr., Paederia tomentosa Blume|
|Common Names||Stink Vine, Skunk Vine|
|Native Distribution||China down to Indonesia|
Paederia foetida is a very common climber in urban areas or scrublands. It climbs using its twining stems. It is easy to recognise vegetatively from its opposite leaves which are normally lanceolate, and whitish on the underside. Small white hairs cover the entire plant, making them smooth to touch. The leaves gives off a foetid scent when crushed.
The flowers are diagnostic by themselves, with curly white petals and a red interior.
The climbing habit of the Stink Vine .
Leaves front, and back (note the lighter colour).
Leaves may be smaller and lighter green.
Stipules. Note the white hairs on the stem and petioles.