Calystegia silvatica (Kit.) Griseb.

Greater Bindweed

Spic. Fl. Rumel. 2: 74 (1844) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Glabrous, twining perennial. Leaves ovate to broad-ovate, mostly 5–10 cm long, 3–10 cm wide, apex shortly acuminate, mucronate, base cordate, margins undulate, basal lobes shallowly lobed; petiole 4–8 cm long. Flowers with peduncles 8–20(–30) cm long, much longer than petioles; bracteoles saccate, broader than long to broad-ovate, 2–3.5 cm long, apex rounded, truncate, emarginate or subacute, longer than and enclosing calyx, overlapping for nearly entire length; sepals 1.5–2 cm long; corolla 5–9 cm long, white or rarely pinkish. Capsule ovoid, 10–12 mm long. Flowers spring and summer.

*EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HSF, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP. An occasional garden-escape now established in urban waste areas, agricultural land, rail reserves etc.

2 subspecies, both in Victoria. See also note under Calystegia sepium.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1999). Convolvulaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-01-22
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Calystegia silvatica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Calystegia silvatica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present introduced

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales