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NZ Plants

Muehlenbeckia axillaris - creeping pōhuehue, creeping mehlenbeckia

Buckwheat family: Polygonaceae

Muehlenbeckia axillaris is a prostrate shrub, forming matted patches of slender branchlets bearing small oval leaves. Also found in Tasmania and Australia.
Found throughout New Zealand in mountain to subalpine areas and also locally in lowland riverbeds on the coast.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: prostrate, mat-forming

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diameter

Leaf form: undivided

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 5

Leaf size: 3-8 mm


Leaf arrangement: singly along the stem

Sexuality: unisexual on different plants

Leaf attachment: stipule

Stamens: 8

Leaf margin: smooth

Ovary: above petals

Leaf surface:  hairless, glands

Fruit: dry