Australian Native Plants

  Duma adpressa (Climbing Lignum)


Duma adpressa photo
Muehlenbeckia adpressa, Loch Ard Gorge, Victoria

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Duma adpressa photo
Muehlenbeckia adpressa, flower

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Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: State of Victoria (Agriculture Victoria), Victorian Resources Online,http://vro.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sip_scientific_a Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



CLIMBING LIGNUM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Duma adpressa in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Climbing Lignum

Other Names
Native Sarsaparilla

Description
Climbing Lignum is a prostrate low shrub, 0.4-2 m high, often found scrambling or twining over rocks, fallen timber or other plants. It has slender, reddish-brown stems to 1 m long. Leaves are oblong, ovate or semi-circular, 1.5-6 cm long and hairless, on stalks 3-20 cm long.

Flowers are greenish or yellowish, small and somewhat inconspicuous with females and males on different plants. Flower-heads are 1-9 cm long, leafy and spread along the branches. Fruit is a brown to black, ellipsoid to obovoid nut with three longitudinal ribs and furrows, 2.7-3.0 mm long. The plant is also known as Muehlenbeckia adpressa. (The accepted name is now Duma adpressa)

Habitat
Scattered along the coastline behind beaches and on cliff-tops.

Distribution
Climbing Lignum is native to coastal southern Australia around coastal southern New South Wales, Victoria., South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania.,

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 3 - 4
Spread (m): 3 - 4
Soil Texture: sand, loam
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500
Flower Colour: green
Flower Season: spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Propagation
seed, cuttings,



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Polygonaceae
Genus:Duma
Species:adpressa
Common Name:Climbing Lignum


Relatives in same Genus
  Duma florulenta