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Muehlenbeckia complexa - small-leaved pōhuehue, wire vine

Buckwheat family: Polygonaceae

Muehlenbeckia complexa is a prostrate shrub with numerous wiry branchlets forming mats on the ground or climbing over small shrubs and rock faces.
Found on the North Island and off shore islands in open shrubland and forest margins.

Vegetative characteristics

Reproductive characteristics

Plant form: climber or scrambler with interlacing branches

Arrangement of parts: symmetric


Flower size: 2-3 mm diameter

Leaf form: undivided

Tepals (sepals indistinguishable from petals): 5

Leaf size: 5-20 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