Vines & Scramblers

Moth Vine

Araujia sericifera

Garden escapee that smothers shrubs and small trees, depressing their growth. Weed of wasteland and forests adjoining settlement, mainly in coastal higher rainfall areas.
  • Family Asclepiadaceae
  • Origin Southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay
  • Habit Twining perennial climber reaching up to 6 m on supporting vegetation. Milky latex exuded from damaged stems and leaves
  • Leaves Opposite, oblong to triangular, 3–11 cm long, 1–6 cm wide, dark green above, grey-green below.
  • Flowers Fragrant, tubular, 0.8–1.4 cm long, 5-lobed, 5-stamens, white to pale pink in groups of 2–5. Flowers late spring to autumn.
  • Fruit Grey-green choko shaped pod, turning brown and woody with age, opening to release numerous black seeds aprox 4 mm long each possessing a tuft of white silky hairs that aid its spread by wind.
  • Roots Shallow and fibrous.
  • Dispersal Seeds spread by wind, water and contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc)
  • Control Hand pull/Dig, Scrape and Paint, skirting, foliar spray for seedlings.

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