Muehlenbeckia axillaris (Hook.f.) Endl.

Matted Lignum

Gen. Pl. suppl 4 (2): 51 (1848) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Glabrous, prostrate or nearly prostrate subshrub, forming loose mats to c. 40 cm diam., stems dark and wiry. Leaves more or less orbicular or broadly elliptic, sometimes broadly emarginate, 4–9 mm long, bright green; petioles 1–4 mm long. Flowers usually solitary, or up to 3 in upper axils, pedicels not or barely exceeding the subtending bract; perianth segments 2–3 mm long, opening widely, yellow-green, free almost to base, subfleshy in fruit; anthers pink. Nut trigonous, 2–3 mm long, smooth, dark brown to black. Flowers Dec.–Feb.

EGU, HNF, HSF, MonT, NIS, SnM, VAlp. Also NSW, Tas. New Zealand. In Victoria confined to eastern subalps (e.g. Moroka River, Limestone Creek near the Cobberas, Tubbut area), and uncommon to rare, usually amongst rocks near streams.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Polygonaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-06
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Polygonaceae
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Muehlenbeckia axillaris in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Muehlenbeckia axillaris in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory