Ivy-leaved Toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis), a nearly ubiquitous temperate weed of stone and brick structures. Originating in the European Alps, the plant was spread across Europe as an ornamental and as a (perhaps apocryphal) contaminant of transported antiquities, before being exported overseas. Brought to Melbourne by 1864 as a garden ornament (thanks Handasyde, McMillan and Co.), this plant that is known elsewhere as Coliseum Ivy is a strong contributor to this city’s character as a somewhat instantaneous ruin.
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