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Muehlenbeckia axillaris (creeping wire vine, sprawling wirevine, matted lignum) is a low evergreen shrub, forming wiry mats up to about 1 metre (3 ft 3 in) in diameter, native to New Zealand, and Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria in Australia.[1] It has thin, red-brown stems, with glossy squarish to roundish leaves that are less than 1 centimetre (0.39 in) in diameter, and 2–4 millimetres (0.079–0.157 in) thick. Flowers are inconspicuous, yellowish-white, 4–8 millimetres (0.16–0.31 in) in diameter, and borne in groups of up to 3 in the axils. Fruit is black, shiny, and up to 3.5 millimetres (0.14 in) long, produced in late summer to fall.

Muehlenbeckia axillaris
Muehlenbeckia axillaris - Berlin Botanical Garden - IMG 8745.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Muehlenbeckia
Species: M. axillaris
Binomial name
Muehlenbeckia axillaris
(Hook. f.) Walp.

The plant is hardy, drought-tolerant and quick-growing, thriving in a range of light conditions. It can be cultivated as a ground cover and grows well in rocky ground as well as standard potting soil. Although it grows fastest in warm seasons, it is tolerant of freezing weather.


  • Pseudanthus tasmanicus


  1. ^ "Muehlenbeckia axillaris". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  • Gen. Pl. Suppl. 4(2): 51 (1848)

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