Climber / MistletoeBillardiera mutabilis

Snot Berry at Bermagui, NSW

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Billardiera mutabilis at Bermagui, NSW - 6 Oct 2016
Billardiera mutabilis at Bermagui, NSW - 6 Oct 2016
Billardiera mutabilis at Bermagui, NSW - 6 Oct 2016
Billardiera mutabilis at Bermagui, NSW - 6 Oct 2016
Billardiera mutabilis at Bermagui, NSW - 6 Oct 2016
Billardiera mutabilis at Bermagui, NSW - 6 Oct 2016
Billardiera mutabilis at Bermagui, NSW - 6 Oct 2016

Identification history

Climber / Mistletoe Billardiera mutabilis 7 Oct 2016 BettyDonWood652
Climber / Mistletoe Billardiera mutabilis 7 Oct 2016 JackieMiles1K

Author's notes

I hope this is mutabilis. It was twining to about 1m high, not shrubby, flowers very pendent on long stalks, green-yellow aging to purple (which is supposed to be scandens) definitely no blue or purple spots (supposed to be mutabilis). When I cut the fruit it appeared that the seeds would be hard to separate from the flesh, not in separate dry compartments, but it wasn't ripe, so hard to be sure of that feature. Funny, in all my years of seeing Billardiera I'd never noticed purple flowers like this before.

2 comments

BettyDonWood652 wrote:
   7 Oct 2016
VicFlora makes the note that in Vic, they should probably be treated at the intrespecific level, and talks about the villous fruits on scandens. Both floras talk about the change of colour in the flowers with age, and I am never sure whether it is fresh stuff or not. Personally, I use pedicel length and thickness (scandens pedicels are much shorter and thicker) and whether it is shrubby or not.
JackieMiles1K wrote:
   7 Oct 2016
OK, interesting about the villous fruits. I was looking at the photos I had previously and one has shorter, hairy fruits on short pedicels (the others are the same as these Bermi shots). My diary tells me I was on my way back home from the Hunter Valley on the day that photo was taken, so god knows where that was. Nice to learn something new! I guess AVH will not be much use on the question of whether they are both here or not.

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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