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False Sarsaparilla Vine

Hardenbergia violacea


Hardenbergia violacea, also commonly known as "false sarsaparilla, purple coral pea, happy wanderer, native lilac, and waraburra (Kattang language), is a species of flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae, native to Australia from Queensland to Tasmania. This is a creeping vine that is very adaptable to extreme natural conditions, and is a very tough species. It is also a beautiful plant when blooming (see notes). This spotting was found growing across granite which would be extremely hot during summer. It has also survived years of drought, but is flourishing now that rain has arrived. It regrows from its roots after fire, and the seeds are dispersed by ants.


Spotted at the base of a tree atop a massive granite outcrop, surrounded by dry sclerophyll forest along the Peak Trail in Girraween National Park. Sandy granite soils, substantial undergrowth and accumulated leaf litter, and foliage much greener and lush since the drought has broken. Here's some park info -


A previous spotting I made of a vine in full flower...

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Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 7, 2020
Submitted on Mar 28, 2020

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