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Muehlenbeckia australis - pōhuehue

Buckwheat family: Polygonaceae

Muehlenbeckia australis is a large, many branched robust vine with sturdy stems eventually becoming a high climber covering shrubs and trees along forest margins. Leaves on adult plants are broadly oval and dark green while those on juvenile plants are three-lobed or fiddle-shaped.
Found in lowland to mountain forest and forest margins.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: robust, many -branched vine

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diameter

Leaf form: undivided

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 5

Leaf size: 20-80 mm

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf arrangement: singly along the stem

Stamens: 8

Leaf attachment: stipule

Ovary: above petals

Leaf margin: undulating, irregular,

Fruit: dry

Leaf surface: hairless, glands