Muehlenbeckia platyclada (F. Muell.) Meisn., Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 23:313. 1865 “platyclados” (Syn: Calacinum platycladum (F.Muell.) J.F.Macbr.; Coccoloba platyclada F.Muell. ex Hook.; Homalocladium platycladum (F.Muell.) L.H.Bailey; Polygonum platycladum F.Muell.; Sarcogonum platycladum (F.Muell.) Voss; Exocarpos ceramicus Náves);
New Guinea, Solomon Is.; Introduced into: Assam, Bangladesh, Comoros, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Haiti, Mauritius, Mexico Southwest, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Panamá, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Sri Lanka, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Vietnam as per POWO;
Throughout India as per BSI Flora of India Checklist;
Common name: Tapeworm Plant, Ribbon bush, Centipede Plant

Garden Plant from Nahan (Himachal Pradesh) for ID/Validation:
The Ribbon Bush (Homalocladium platycladum syn. Muehlenbeckia platyclada) is a leaf-less plant with flattened stems resembling tapeworms – hence its nickname “Tapeworm Plant“. Also known as Centipede Plant.
Photographed from Rani Taalab, Nahan, Himachal Pradesh on 23.04.2011.

– Very Nice shot of the unusual plant

– The identity is correct.


Separately uploading Homacladium platycladum
Shot from Arya PG College Panipat



Cissus quadrangularis- Flora of Madhya Pradesh:
Cissus quadrangularis was photographed in a private garden at Betul, MP.
Botanical name- Cissus quadrangularis
Common name- Hadjor / harjor.
It’s a medicinal plant.

This plant is not Cissus quadrangularis rather this is Homalocladium platycladum from Polygonaceae or commonly tapeworm plant.

I forgot to say that you have also tried to label your plant as Devil’s backbone in one of the pictures which is wrong. The common name Devil’s backbone is usually given to a plant called Pedilanthus tithymaloides from the family Euphorbiaceae.

Actually d owner told me it z Harjor plant. When I searched net i couldnt match pics bt then I though may b some diff variety .
And Sir, on wikipedia d common name of Cissus quadrangularis is listed as – Devil’s backbone.
So my pic z then- Homalocladium platycladum.

Yes Homalocladium platycladum

I agree with … id. The accepted name as per ‘theplantlist’ is Muehlenbeckia platyclados.

Yes….agree with …

Muehlenbeckia platyclados, Polygonaceae.

1): Yes tapeworm… correct binomial is given above…. nice to see its flowering…
2): Blackbone/backbone whatever…. its a mistake… no matter what the spelling you use…
Pedilanthus tithymaloides stem is round, grows in zig zag fashion at every joint in the stem…
tapeworm stem is flat….biii….iig difference…
3) your pictures are washed out … please check your exposure… i think you are overexposing your
pictures or your camera’s internal setting s have gone awry… have it checked by a camera doctor/repairman… after you check your settings…. the wash-out is slowly increasing in your photos…. during the last few months…
I did not want to say anything because I thought you’ll notice it and correct it… but sometimes we dont know our own because we too close to it…. and like our pictures… like own babies…
hope you take it in the same positive tone its given…

Requesting ID of this plant – Mumbai :: Dec 2013 :: 30032014 :: ARK-25 : Attachments (2).  5 posts by 4 authors.
Requesting to please ID this plant captured in a nursery in Mumbai in December 2013.

This is Homalocladium platycladum. However, this name is still unresolved.

Supporting …

what about Muehlenbeckia platyclados

Thank you … for ID….
As per the plant list (, Homalocladium platycladum is an unresolved name of Muehlenbeckia platyclada
Therefore, my request is resolved, thanks for the ID… I take it to be Muehlenbeckia platyclada as per the Plant list.

Polygonaceae Fortnight- Muehlenbeckia platyclada from Nahan:: NS May 09: 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4).
This was shot from a garden in Nahan (H.P.), identified as Muehlenbeckia platyclada

wow i have never seen this flowering before

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing


Polygonaceae Fortnight :: Muehlenbeckia platyclada from Mumbai :: ARKMAY-03: 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4).
Attached are pictures of Muehlenbeckia platyclada from MNP, Mumbai captured in April 2014.

Very nice pictures! Thanks for sharing!!

POLYGONACEAE FORTNIGHT 1-14 May 2014: Muehlenbeckia platyclada from Uttarakhand_DSR_19 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1).
Muehlenbeckia platyclada Meissn. is a common ornamental perennial herb in Pantnagar. 

Thanks … for sharing this wonderful find..New to me…
All yr uploads from Polygonaceae fortnight are really good and informative..

SK476 06 APR-2017:ID : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Date : 6 April  2017
Altitude : 4400 ft.

Seems to Muehlenbeckia platyclada… the tapeworm plant!!
Nice pics

Is this a fern plant? : 4 posts by 3 authors. 1 image.

Homalocladium platycladum / Muehlenbeckia platyclados

Muehlenbeckia platyclados (F.Muell.) Meisn  : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Location: Taudaha, Nepal
Altitude: 4500 ft.

Date: 15 December 2017


Flora of Pakistan (Homalocladium platycladum (F. J. Muell. ex Hook.) L. H. Bailey, syn: Coccoloba platyclada F.J. Muel. ex Hook.; Muehlenbeckia
(F.J. Muell. ex Hook.) Meisn. in Bot. Zeit.)
Floriculture in India By Gurcharan Singh Randhawa, Amitabha Mukhopadhyay (1986)

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