Lignum

Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Muehlenbeckia
Species: florulenta
Main Flower Colour: Cream

Description

A familiar sight across floodplains and wetlands in inland Australia is the multi-stemmed dense and tangled shrub commonly known as Lignum. Plants vary greatly in size, as its growth responds to flooding. Plants often appear almost leafless and flowers are inconspicuous, although there are separate male and female plants.

Identification

The main flower colour is cream. Tangled tough stems along inland watercourses, wetlands and dunes.

Uses

Lignum provides critically valuable habitat in wetlands and on floodplains. Early settlers used lignum for thatching.

References

http://archive.nwc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/11233/Wetlands_3_shrublands.pdf
http://florabase.dpaw.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/16982

Created: 09 May 2014 - Member - John and Val
Updated: 28 Jan 2015 - Member - John and Val

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Location

Bio Regions

CHC - Channel Country

MDD - Murray Darling Depression

SSD - Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields

MUR - Murchison

Specifics

Murray River, Cooper Creek, Eyre Creek.

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