Vines & Scramblers
Seedlings germinate most of the year. Plants spread over ground or climb trees and shrubs. Common in moist gullies along the warm temperate to tropical coast Qld and NSW.
- Family Sapindaceae
- Origin Tropical America, West Indies and Africa
- Habit Herbaceous perennial climber with stems to more than 10m long.
- Leaves 6-16cm long, on a leaf stalk 2-10cm long, with 3 leaflets each further divided into 3; margins of leaflets irregularly toothed.
- Flowers White, 4 petals. in clusters, stalk of the flowerheads end in a pair of tendrils. Flowers for most of the year.
- Fruit Inflated membraneous capsule, 6-ribbed, 4-8cm long, covered with short stiff hairs. each containing 3 blackish, round seeds, about 7mm wide.
- Roots Shallow and fibrous, fragments re-root readily.
- Dispersal Seeds spread by wind, water and contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc)
- Control Hand pull/Dig, Scrape and Paint, skirting, foliar spraying.
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