L., Sp. Pl. 202 (1753) subsp. helix.
Synonymy: Hedera helix
Common name: Ivy, English ivy.
Usually a prostrate or climbing woody perennial with stems to 30 m long but occasionally forming a low shrub, with stellate hairs on the younger parts; leaves very variable in shape depending on available light and whether branch is vegetative or fertile, up to 15 cm diam., but often less, usually dark-green and glossy but some cultivars variegated.
Pedicels to 2 cm long; petals fleshy, 3-5 mm long, yellowish-green, spreading at first but later reflexed; filaments 2-3 mm long; ovary c. 4 mm diam..
berry black, 8-10 mm diam., with 2 or 3 seeds.
Commonly grown as an ornamental but well established especially in the hills.
S.Aust.: FR, MU, SL, KI, SE. N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: mainly April — May.
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