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Hairy Merremia (Hairy Mary!)

Hairy Merremia – Merremia aegyptia

Habit: Climbing plant with white funnel shaped flowers and star shaped seed pods.

Spread: Seed capsules shatter seeds around the plant. Stems also take root and grow.

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Two thirds of Australian weeds originally started off as relatively innocent looking garden plants. Hairy Merremia is no exception. Originally utilised as a garden plant in Broome and Kununurra, this plant spreads aggressively, dominating and smothering native vegetation.

(Photo: Colin Wilson)

Merremia leaf- hairy Merremia

Leaves are typically  palmate (meaning they open out and have three to five leaflets). They are also covered in fine hairs.

(Photo: Louise Williams)

Merremia aegyptia

The flowers are often seen around June (in the west Kimberley). They differ from Merremia dissecta in that they are smaller and mostly white.

(Photo: Colin Wilson)

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