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Climbing Guinea Flower

Hibbertia. scandens
Dilleniaceae
Climbing Guinea Flower
Very Common

This very common vine is easily identified by its bright- yellow, 5-petalled flowers (up to 7 cm across) which are present (at least in ones and twos) for much of the year. Also, the base of the leaf narrows and partly clasps the stem, so there is no leaf stalk. The young, twining shoots are silkyhairy with pinkish stems, but adult leaves are shiny green with pointed tips and edges that are smooth or have only a few small teeth.

The silky, pale-green sepals under the flower close up when the petals fall. When the fruit is ripe it opens wide to reveal the bright-orange, waxy covering of the brown seeds. The plant can be grown either from cuttings or from cleaned seed, which takes 1.5 to 3 months to germinate. It can climb several metres into trees but is just as often seen as a ground cover or scrambling over rocks and logs.

Because it is not eaten by stock, it can be useful to cover steep banks or bare areas and can withstand cutting back.

Distribution: Mount Dromedary (NSW) to Northern Qld.