Muehlenbeckia adpressa (Labill.) Meisn.

Climbing Lignum

Pl. Vasc. Gen. 227 (1841) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Creeping or twining shrub with stems to c. 2 m long or more (rarely a tangled, more or less erect shrub to c. 60 cm high). Leaves ovate to orbicular, 2–8 cm long, 1–7 cm wide, often thick textured and shining, apex obtuse to rounded, base cordate (occasionally truncate), margins finely crisped, usually also undulate; petiole mostly 8–30 mm long. Flowers clustered in loose, mostly axillary, spikes 2–10 cm long, pedicels shortly exceeding the subtending bract; perianth segments 2–3.5 mm long, free almost to base, yellow-green or reddish-tinged, female flowers elongating to 5 mm in fruit, more or less succulent. Nut ovoid, c. 3 mm long, rounded-trigonous, the faces more or less flat with a broad longitudinal groove, smooth, blackish. Flowers mostly Sep.–Jan.

Brid, DunT, EGL, GipP, Glep, GGr, OtP, OtR, Strz, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Common along almost the entire Victorian coast, with disjunct occurrences in the southern Grampians and at Mt Arapiles, occurring on and behind dunes, on clifftops and around coastal swamps.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-06-02
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-12-27
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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 adpressa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Muehlenbeckia adpressa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales