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Muehlenbeckia adpressa - Curtis.jpg
Muehlenbeckia adpressa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Muehlenbeckia
  • Calacinum Raf
  • Homalocladium (F. Muell.) L. H. Bailey

Muehlenbeckia or maidenhair is a genus of flowering plants which is native to the Southern Hemisphere, especially South America, Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand, and has been introduced both by birds and cultivation to temperate locales north of the equator. Some are tiny alpine mat-forming plants whereas others are vigorous vines with masses of dark stems and minimal small bronze-tinged leaves. In virtually frost-free environments, rampant species can become weedy and difficult to eradicate.

The genus honours Alsatian bryologist Heinrich Gustav Mühlenbeck (1798–1845).[1]


Muehlenbeckia taxa include:


Australia: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Norfolk Island, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia
New Zealand: Chatham Islands, New Zealand North, New Zealand South
Papuasia: New Guinea
Central America: Honduras
Southern South America: Chile

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frans A. Stafleu & Richard S. Cowan (1981). "Muehlenbeck, Heinrich Gustav". Lh–O. Taxonomic Literature: a Selective Guide to Botanical Publications and Collections with Dates, Commentaries and Types. 3 (2nd ed.). Utrecht: Bohn, Scheltema & Holkema. p. 614. ISBN 90-313-0444-1. 

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