Common name: Wire Vine, Mattress Vine, Pohuehue
Muehlenbeckia complexa (A.Cunn.) Meisn. APNI*
Description: Much branched, tangled shrub or climber, commonly to 1 m or more; dioecious; stems puberulent when young; bark red-brown.
Leaf blade broad-oblong to suborbicular (subpanduriform on juvenile plants), rounded to obtuse at the base, coriaceous to subchartaceous, 0.5–2 mm long; petiole 2–5(-10) mm long.
Inflorescence axillary or terminal, clustered or usually spicate; flowers small, yellow-green; perianth lobes 2–3 mm long, enlarging in fruit to 5–6 mm long.
Achene trigonous, c. 2 mm long, black.
Distribution and occurrence: Commonly cultivated; possibly naturalised in Canberra. Native to Lord Howe Island and in New Zealand.
Usually forming densely tangled, windswept bushes near the sea or in more sheltered places climbing to 4 m.
NSW subdivisions: LHI
Other Australian states: *W.A.
Text by K.L. Wilson (2004)
Taxon concept: P.S. Green, Flora of Australia vol. 49 (1994)
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