Muehlenbeckia diclina (F.Muell.) F.Muell.

Twiggy Lignum

Fragm. 4: 131, 191 (1864) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Slender, erect, often short-lived shrub, to c. 1 m high, branches often waxy and/or reddish. Leaves produced singly or few together at nodes, sessile, erect, linear, 1–6 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, (but juvenile leaves to 10 cm long and 1cm wide, sometimes hastate), usually glaucous, thickish, margins flat or incurved. Flowers in axillary clusters, usually decurved; perianth segments 2-3 mm long, free almost to base, cream to greenish, female flowers elongating to c. 5 mm in fruit, with segments succulent, whitish-translucent. Nut ovoid to broadly ovoid, 3-4 mm long, more or less trigonous to triquetrous, smooth or wrinkled, black.

EGU, HSF, LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP, VAlp, Wim.

2 subspecies, both in Victoria.

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.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Muehlenbeckia diclina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Muehlenbeckia diclina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Victorian Alps present native

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales