Muehlenbeckia complexa Meisn.
- Common Name: maidenhair vine
- Family: Polygonaceae Juss.
- Country of Origin: New Zealand
- Description: This genus is restricted to the southern hemisphere, especially South America, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand. Some are tiny alpine mat-forming plants whereas others are vigorous vines with masses of dark stems and minimal small bronze-tinged leaves. In virtually frost-free environments rampant species can become weedy and difficult to eradicate. However, a well-trimmed climbing Muehlenbeckia on a wire fence can make a remarkably good screen. They can also be grown over frames of any shape to make fanciful topiaries. They are usually dioecious, that is, there are separate male and female flowers, and the fruits on female plants are normally white with a visible dark brown seed.
This New Zealand species is quite vigorous and probably the best species for trimming and topiary. It is semi- deciduous, growing to 15 ft (4.5 m) or more up suitable supports, and produces swollen white berries with black seeds. This species can become quite weedy in suitable climates if not restrained.
Cultivation: They prefer full sun (with some midday shade) and moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Prune to keep in bounds and shape. Propagate from seed or summer cuttings or pre- rooted layers.
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Flowering Data:This accession has been observed in bloom on:
- Accession # 198501373
- Source: Unknown
- Accession Date: 12-31-1985
- Bench: 2314 - New Zealand/Australia
- Qty: 1 confirmed on 11-01-2013
- Division: Magnoliophyta
- Class: Magnoliopsida
- SubClass: core eudicots
- Order: Caryophyllales
- Family: Polygonaceae
- SubFamily: Polygonoideae
- Tribe: Polygoneae
- SubTribe: Reynoutriinae
- Plants For A Future Website
- Botanica, Turner & Wasson, 1997 (CD-ROM version)
- The Plant List (2010). Version 1. Published on the Internet; http://www.theplantlist.org/ (accessed 29 October 2013).
- Muehlenbeckia complexa. (2012, November 5). Wikispecies, . Retrieved 13:26, October 29, 2013
- The Global Biodiversity Information Facility: GBIF Backbone Taxonomy, 2013-07-01. Accessed on 2013-10-29
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