14 Jan Asparagus – Bridal creeper
Bridal creeper is widespread in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria. It is also spreading in New South Wales and Tasmania. It has the potential to spread further and increase its density in all southern states.
Origin: South Africa
Habit: Wiry twinning climber to 3 m in length and branch extensively. Stems emerge annually in autumn from a mat, 0-10 cm deep.
Leaves: Bright green with alternate, flattened, shiny, stems (leaf-like) that are pointed ovate shape and have parallel venation, leaves 4-30mm wide and 10-70 mm long which occur along the length of wiry green stems.
Flowers: White, 6-petalled flowers, 5-8 mm in diameter, appear in early Spring.
Fruit: Pea-sized green berries turning pink then red/burgundy in late spring-early summer. Berries contain 1-9 seeds that are black when mature.
Roots: Branching rhizomes that bear numerous fleshy tubers.
Dispersal: Seed spread by water, animals, birds, humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
Control: Difficult to control - crowning, ensure that the crown is removed off site. Remove and bag berries. Follow-up - hand -pull all emerging seedlings. Foliar spray.
Similar Native Species: Wombat Berry (Eustrephus latifolius)