Vigorous, scrambling vine capable of forming dense mats. Rusty stems to 4 m with silky hairs. Common on sandy and stony soils throughout Brisbane.

Leaves alternate, trifoliolate (in groups of 3).

Flowers are dark red or purple in groups of 2-12.

Flowers are food for Lewin’s Honeyeater, Brown Honeyeater and Eastern Spinebill.

A hardy plant and prefers full or partial sun.

Red flowers. Photo: Robert Whyte

Leaves

Plant and leaves can be hard to tell apart from weeds in the FABACEAE family (Glycine, Siratro) unless it is flowering.

Photo: Robert Whyte