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Family Polygalaceae

Comesperma volubile Love Creeper

A fine-stemmed twining plant, which climbs into surrounding vegetation. The leaves are sparse, and narrow in shape. In spring, the bright purple inflorescence is held above the foliage of the host plant. On first sight, this plant can easily be mistaken for the legume Hardenbergia violacea, but closer inspection should reveal that the flower has a quite different structure, having two large sepals and very small flower parts, and of course that it has very few leaves.

Flowering: Late winter to spring.

Habitat: On sandy soils, in somewhat sheltered positions in woodland or forest.

Distribution: Coast and tablelands of Qld., NSW, Vic. and Tas.

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