Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Muehlenbeckia zippelii (Meisn.) Danser

Slender Vine
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Danser, B.H. (1940) Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de Buitenzorg Series 3 16: 325.

Common name

Wrinkle Nut Lignum; Lignum; Lignum, Wrinkle Nut


A slender vine not exceeding a stem diameter of 2 cm. Leafy stems usually hollow.


Stipules about 4-10 mm long, papery, completely sheathing the twigs or stems. Leaf blades about 4.5-12 x 3-7 cm, margins crinkled like a lettuce leaf (Lactuca sativa). Petioles about 1.5-4 cm long, channelled on the upper surface. Lateral veins 5-7 on each side of the midrib.


Male flowers: Stamens eight. Female flowers: Flowers produced in fascicles in a larger inflorescence. Flowers about 4-5 mm diam. Perianth lobes about 2 x 1.5 mm. Staminodes eight. Ovules one.


Fruits +/- 3-sided, about 3-4 mm long, enclosed in a capsule-like structure. Surface of the nut deeply rugose.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in CYP, NEQ, CEQ and southwards to south-east Queensland. Altitudinal range in northern Australia from near sea level to 1100 m. Usually grows in open forest or wet sclerophyll forest but also on rain forest margins and in vine thicket and monsoon forest. Also found in New Guinea.

Polygonum zippelii Meisn., Annales Museum Botanicum Lugduno-Batavum 2: 64(1866), Type: New Guinea.
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