Fallopia convolvulus (L.) A.Löve

Black Bindweed

Taxon 19: 300 (1970) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Glabrous or slightly mealy, twining annual or short-lived perennial with stems to c. 1 m long. Leaves ovate, triangular or more or less deltoid, acuminate, with bases cordate to sagittate, 1.5–7 cm long, 1–4 cm wide; petiole c. 1–4 cm long. Inflorescence spike-like, sometimes branched, to c. 20 cm long, or reduced to axillary clusters. Perianth segments 2–6 mm long, free above c. midway, green or with narrow white margins, often minutely papillate. Nut with shallowly concave to flat faces, 3.5–4.5 mm long, dull black, finely granular. Flowers Nov.–Mar.

*EGL, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *MuM, *Strz, *VVP, *WaP. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Europe, western Asia. A rather uncommon weed of pastures, crops and domestic gardens in cooler districts in the south (e.g. Portland, Streatham, Colac, Castlemaine, Pakenham, Warragul, Maffra areas).

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, 2019-03-29
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Polygonaceae
genus Fallopia
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Fallopia convolvulus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Fallopia convolvulus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
Strzelecki Ranges present naturalised

State distribution

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Western Australia
Northern Territory
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory