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Useful Temperate Plants

Billardiera mutabilis

Salisb.

Pittosporaceae


This species has often been included in Billardiera scandens, but is now considered to be distinct, although closely related.

+ Synonyms

Common Name:

Billardiera mutabilis

General Information

Billardiera mutabilis is an evergreen, climbing shrub with slender, twining stems that scramble over the ground and climb into surrounding vegetation. The stems can be up to 3 metres long[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
,
1104
Title
Cladistic analysis and revision of Billardiera (Pittosporaceae)
Publication
Australian Systematic Botany 17, 83-125
Author
L.W.Cayzer; M.D.Crisp & I.R.H.Telford
Website
http://www.publish.csiro.au/journals/asb
Publisher
CSIRO Publishing
Year
2004
ISBN
1030-1887
Description
A revision of the genus Billardiera, merging the genera Sollya and Pronaya into it, resurrecting five species and making three new combinations.
].
The plant is harveted from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
,
1104
Title
Cladistic analysis and revision of Billardiera (Pittosporaceae)
Publication
Australian Systematic Botany 17, 83-125
Author
L.W.Cayzer; M.D.Crisp & I.R.H.Telford
Website
http://www.publish.csiro.au/journals/asb
Publisher
CSIRO Publishing
Year
2004
ISBN
1030-1887
Description
A revision of the genus Billardiera, merging the genera Sollya and Pronaya into it, resurrecting five species and making three new combinations.

Range

Australia - Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales

Habitat

Prefers moist sites, usually near the coast, in eucalypt forest and woodland[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
]. Locally abundant in swamp-forests and along river banks[
549
Title
Flore Forestiere Du Globe
Publication
 
Author
Chnacerel L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Gauthier-Villars et Co.; Paris.
Year
1920
ISBN
 
Description
Written in French, a very detailed work on the timbers of the world. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Climber
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details


Species in this genus generally prefer a moist, well-drained, humus-rich, lime-free soil in sun or semi-shade with a cool root run[
3
Title
Growing Unusual Fruit.
Publication
 
Author
Simmons. A. E.
Publisher
David & Charles; Newton Abbot.
Year
1972
ISBN
0-7153-5531-7
Description
A very readable book with information on about 100 species that can be grown in Britain (some in greenhouses) and details on how to grow and use them.
,
11
Title
Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement.
Publication
 
Author
Bean. W.
Publisher
Murray
Year
1981
ISBN
-
Description
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
,
31
Title
Shade Plants for Garden and Woodland.
Publication
 
Author
Brown.
Publisher
 
Year
 
ISBN
 
Description
 
,
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Any pruning is best done in spring[
202
Title
Climbers and Wall Shrubs.
Publication
 
Author
Davis. B.
Publisher
Viking.
Year
1990
ISBN
0-670-82929-3
Description
Contains information on 2,000 species and cultivars, giving details of cultivation requirements. The text is terse but informative.
].

Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or cooked. A fleshy berry around 16 - 20mm long[
365
Title
Flora of New South Wales
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/floraonline.htm
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line resource giving a brief botanical description of all the native plants of New South Wales, their habitat and range, together with diagrams and photographs of the plants.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown in a warm greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Only just cover the seed. Sow stored seed in early spring in a warm greenhouse. The germination of fresh seed is usually prolific, but stored seed can take a year to germinate[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 10 - 12cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. Fair percentage.
Layering.
Cite as: Temperate Plants Database, Ken Fern. temperate.theferns.info. 2024-06-15. <temperate.theferns.info/plant/Billardiera+mutabilis>

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