Convolvulus crispifolius F.Muell.

Silver Bindweed

Linnaea 25: 423 (1852), as C. crispifolias APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Annual or short-lived perennial herb, spreading, with non-twining stems, densely silky-hairy. Mid-stem leaves ovate in outline, 5–20 mm long, 3–18 mm wide, apex acute or obtuse, base hastate or cordate, margins crenate or serrate or lobed up to halfway to midrib, crispate, densely appressed silky-hairy, silvery; petiole 2–15 mm long. Flowers 1 or 2; peduncles 2–12 mm long; pedicels 1.5–4 mm long, recurved in fruit, shorter than peduncles; bracteoles linear, 1.2–2.2 mm long; sepals broad-elliptic to suborbicular, 3.5–4.5 mm long, densely pilose; corolla funnel-shaped, 5–6 mm long, pink. Capsule globose to globose-ovoid, 4–4.5 mm diam., style-base persistent; seeds rough, minutely papillose, glabrous. Flowers in spring and early summer, but possibly also other seasons in response to fire.

LoM, MuM, RobP. Also NT, SA. In Victoria, apparently confined to the far north-west where found on sand-dunes, often only appearing after fire. A more easterly record from near Shepparton needs checking.

The silvery appearance of the plants, their non-twining habit, small leaves with toothed or lobed margins and small flowers on short, slender peduncles readily distinguish it from other Victorian species. It is generally rather rare, but may be locally common following fires.

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, 2018-12-28
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Solanales
genus Convolvulus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Convolvulus crispifolius in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Convolvulus crispifolius in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales