Botanical name: Muehlenbeckia platyclados Family: Polygonaceae (Knotweed family)
Synonyms: Homalocladium platycladum, Polygonum platycladum
Tapeworm plant is native to the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. It is cultivated as an ornamental in other tropical areas. The plant grows to a metre tall. Apparent leaves looking like green segments, are actually phylloclades - short flattened photosynthetic shoots that function much like leaves. The leaves the small green flowers are stalkless, borne directly from the joints of stem without a stalk. Small red fruits follow the flowers.
Identification credit: K. L. Chaudhary
The flower labeled Tapeworm Plant is ...