Comesperma volubile Labill.

Love Creeper

Nov. Holl. Pl. 2: 24, t. 163 (1806) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Twiner, ascending to c. 3 m high, rarely a suberect shrublet; stems glabrous, angled. Leaves absent or few, linear to ovate, 10–45 mm long, 1.5–9 mm wide. Flowers blue or purplish, in lateral racemes 3–12(–25) cm long; pedicels 2–4 mm long; sepals free, the outer 3 broad-ovate, c. 2 mm long, wings obovate to c. orbicular, 4–7 mm long, shortly clawed, keel darker than other segments, strongly dilated and pouched from near midway, 3–5.5 mm long, with 2 short oblong appendages just below apex; upper petals oblong to obovate, subequal to keel and united with it below midway, yellow-tipped. Capsule narrow-cuneate, 12–20 mm long; seeds obliquely ellipsoid, 3.5–4.5 mm long, tuberculate; coma of silky hairs c. 1 cm long, weakly attached along margins. Flowers mainly Aug.–Nov.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HFE, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Widespread in heathland and woodland communities from near sea-level to the subalps at c. 1100 m, chiefly south of the Great Dividing Range. Widespread in heathland and woodland communities from near sea-level to the subalps at c. 1100 m, chiefly south of the Great Dividing Range; rare in mallee districts (Little Desert only).

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1999). Polygalaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2014-09-09
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Rosanae
order Fabales
family Polygalaceae
genus Comesperma
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Comesperma volubile in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Comesperma volubile in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Highlands-Far East present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory