Muehlenbeckia complexa Polygonaceae Wire Plant

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Description - A scrambling, climbing shrub which can cover hedges in thick mats, and does this in half a dozen places in Guernsey. It gets its name from the thin, wiry stems, from which arise small, roundish bright green leaves, and small greenish flowers. Most of our plants are male, but one occasionally comes across a female plant, which eventually produces white seedless berries.

Habitat - Often near gardens, as a garden escape, but also found in several areas on the cliffs, where it scrambles over banks and Blackthorn bushes.

Comments - This plant comes from New Zealand, and is first recorded in Guernsey in 1957. It has long been established in the Scilly Isles, where it forms huge humps and carpets on the low cliffs, and has also become naturalised in parts of Cornwall.

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