Spring climbers

The flowering climbers in the Reserve are a real feature in these gorgeous days of Spring.

Clematis glycinoides

Shows Clematis glycinoides, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Starry flowers of Clematis glycinoides

Shows Clematis, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

With starry white flowers, this clematis is also known as the Headache vine or Forest Clematis. This is a strong climber with glossy leaves and the flowers are white, in creamy clusters. According to the Flora of Melbourne (2014), the leaves were once crushed and inhaled by Aborigines to relieve headaches.

Shows glossy leaves of Clematis glycinoides, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Glossy leaves with three leaflets per leaf

Shows Clematis glycinoides, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Anthers have a tip (an appendage) which is rounded – used to distinguish this species from C.arista

Hovea heterophylla

Shows Common Hovea, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Low climber, Common Hovea

This climber, Common Hovea, can be found among the grasses of the Reserve. It has purple pea flowers and sometimes comes in white.

Shows white flowering form of Hovea heterophylla, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

White flowering form of Hovea

Comesperma volubile

The blue flowers of the Love Creeper simply glow.

Shows Love creeper, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Purple blue flowers of the Love creeper

Shows Love creeper and pea flower, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

This plant climbs further than the Hovea

Wonga vine – Pandorea pandorana

The Wonga Wonga vine is a strong climber, scrambing over other shrubs. The tips of each bell are stained maroon pink.

Shows white and purple flowers of Wonga Vine, Pandorea pandorana, Edward Hunter Heritage Bush Reserve

Showy purple and white bells of Wonga Wonga Vine

 

 

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