Muehlenbeckia complexa (Scrambling pohuehue)

Last Modified: 30-4-2020 21:55

Muehlenbeckia complexa
Muehlenbeckia complexa

Muehlenbeckia complexa or scrambling pohuehue is a semi-deciduous native vine found throughout New Zealand, particularly in coastal areas and amongst scrub.  It forms dense mats on the ground or scrambling over other plants, which it can sometimes smother completely. It has small, round leaves and small creamy white flowers in summer, and later, star shaped fleshy white, semi-translucent fruit with black seeds. It is one of the host species for native copper butterflies. Pohuehue is commonly sold in garden centres.

This example was observed in the Wither Hills Farm Park.

Location: Latitude: -41.552406 Longitude: 173.966873

Image Date: 8/12/2019

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

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