Muehlenbechia (wire vine)

David Deutsch dd at gondwana.org
Mon Nov 8 18:16:19 EST 1999


In article <381115CC.F320A647 at cyberus.ca>,
  Stephanie Coulshaw <coulshaw at cyberus.ca> wrote:
>
>
> Sandy wrote:
> >
> > Stephanie Coulshaw wrote:
> >
> > > Hello! I recently purchased a plant I'd never heard of before, a
> > > Muehlenbechia.
>
> > The Muehlenbeckia is a native of New Zealand, and there are others found in
> > Australia and South America. <snip>
> > Here is some info on it:
> > http://florawww.eeb.uconn.edu/acc_num/198501373.html
>
> The web site mentions that the plant is semi-deciduous.  What happens
> when you grow a deciduous plant indoors with no seasons?  Will it drop
> all its leaves at some point?
>
> The lady who sold me the plant said that it has only recently been grown
> as a house plant, so there's no information in any of the books I've
> seen on it.  Any help is appreciated.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Stephanie
>
> (near Ottawa, Canada)

Hi Stephanie!

Our Muhlenbeckia axillaris (which has tiny round leaves) is deciduous only in
response to a severe freeze, or a prolonged drought. Indoors, provided you
water adequately, I doubt you'll see any unusual leaf-loss.

Good luck!

--
David Deutsch
Gondwana Gardens
Sellers of Southern Hemisphere and Primitive Plants
http://www.gondwana.org


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