Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Climbing or scrambling, rarely erect, mostly dioecious subshrubs. Leaves alternate, petiolate or sessile, articulate; ochreas short, tubular, brown, membranous, glabrous, soon disintegrating. Flowers unisexual, in interrupted spike-like inflorescences or in subsessile clusters or solitary at nodes; perianth segments 5, usually sepaloid, green or whitish, usually enlarged and sometimes fleshy in fruit; stamens usually 8 (staminodes present in female flowers); style 3-branched, stigmas flattened, peltately attached, fringed. Nut trigonous or globose, remaining entirely or partly enclosed within fruiting perianth.

A Southern Hemisphere (South America, Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand) genus of c. 19 species; 12 species (all native) in Australia.

Muehlenbeckia complexa Meisn. from New Zealand is commonly cultivated as dense hedging climber, and sometimes persists in old garden sites.

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, 2018-10-29
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