Muehlenbeckia Meisn.


After Gustav Mühlenbeck (1798–1845) an Alsatian botanist.

Mostly deciduous climbing or scrambling plants with wiry stems. Membranous sheath of stipules soon shed. Male and female plants separate, or uni- and bisexual flowers on same plant. Perianth segments (4)5(6), joined at the base, green to white or even orange-brown (M. gunnii), becoming fleshy and enclosing the fruit. Stamens 8. Stigmas 3. Fruit with 3-angled nut.

Seed or cuttings.

The Australian native plant M. gunnii (Hook. f.) Endl., Coast Lignum, has edible berries.

30 species from temperate S America, New Zealand and Australia and New Guinea.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Polygonaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Polygonaceae
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