14 Jan Madeira vine
Madeira Vine is a devastating weed capable of smothering host vegetation in a relatively short period of time. The masses of fleshy leaves become very heavy and can break branches in large trees destroying the upper canopy.
Origin: South America
Habit: Vigorous, robust fleshy and extensive twining, hairless, perennial climber in excess of 30m.
Leaves: Fleshy broadly egg or heart shaped, alternately arranged and bright green.
Flowers: Small, fragrant, creamy white coloured and numerous in drooping clusters to 20cm long. Separate flowers on stalks evenly spaced along a central stem. Spring-Summer.
Fruit: Rarely fruits.
Roots: Fleshy and tuberous. Tubers are capable of sprouting even after being pulverised.
Dispersal: Spread and tubers transported by contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc), garden refuse dumping and water, such as along rivers in floods. Aerial tubers will be shed from stems if the vine is cut, and remain viable in soil from 5 to 10 years.
Control: Hand Dig, Scrape and Paint, Foliar spray. *Never Cut and Paint.