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Creeping muehlenbeckia

Status: Not threatened

Creeping Muehlenbeckia

Creeping Muehlenbeckia

Braided river status 

Distribution mapwhen page opens, just click on the green ‘search’ button without changing any of the settings. On braided rivers it especially grows on the edges of the banks.

Recent observations

naturewatchHover your cursor over thumbnails below to see the latest observations (newest left). Click on thumbnails for more information including the location (opens in the NatureWatchNZ website).

NOTE: few of these observations are likely to be in braided rivers.


Creeping muehlenbeckia (Muehlenbeckia axillaris), also known as pōhuehue (Māori), creeping pohuehue, creeping muehlenbeckia,  creeping wire vine, sprawling wire vine, and matted lignum and is a low dense shrub, forming wiry mats of small dark green leaves, with mats up to about 1m in diameter. Native to New Zealand and Tasmania, New South Wales and Victoria in Australia, it spreads along the ground and even underground in rocky areas as well as riverbeds. It flowers prolifically in summer with masses of small creamy flowers 4-8 mm in diameter, and borne in groups of up to 3 in the axils. Male and female flowers often occur on the same plant and the female flowers form small opaque white fruit.

Conservation activities

As creeping muehlenbeckia is common, there are no specific conservation activities, however controlling invasive weed species is beneficial for all endemic plants.

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