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One of my favorite lianas, the monkey ladder vine snakes up into the canopy in loops and curls like a huge ribbon. I've seen "old growth" monkey ladder vines growing in a huge twining clump along the forest floor twining up into the trees. The oddly-shaped lumps spaced along the liana look as though they may indeed serve as footholds for the howler and spider monkeys that live among them. The deer-hoof-like leaves may sprout out from the stem unexpectedly (#4). Young monkey ladder vines resemble flexible, whitish papery twine, twisted just like string. The adult vine is springy and tough, and to my eyes strangely beautiful.
This particular vine was in an open forest on a ridge above the Pacific Ocean. I also have them around my house in Belize. You can see a termite nest attached to the vine in photo #3.
I've swung from one of these, just to try out my Tarzan (Jane?) licks. It's fun.