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False Sarsaparilla Vine

Hardenbergia violacea


Hardenbergia is a small genus of three species, the most common and best known of which is H. violacea, a flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae. Native to Australia, ranging from Queensland to Tasmania. This is a creeping vine that is very adaptable to extreme natural conditions. It regrows from its roots after fire, and the seeds are dispersed by ants. It goes by a multitude of common names, but my favourite is "Happy Wanderer".


It occurs in a variety of habitats from coast to mountains, usually in open forest/woodland and sometimes in heath. This specimen was found at a rural property. The area surrounded by dry native woodlands.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 years ago

Thanks, Jim. I love when everything blooms. It's so much easier to ID when the thing has a flower.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 7 years ago

Nice posting, Neil!

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

QLD, Australia

Spotted on Sep 7, 2016
Submitted on Sep 11, 2016

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