Cat’s claw creeper
Macfadyena unguis-cati, Fam. Bignoniaceae
Rampant woody climber; climbing by adventitious roots and tendrils. Extensive tuberous root system that sends up shoots; can cover the ground.
Restricted invasive plants Category 3
Plants declared invasive under the Biosecurity Act 2014, that are present in QLD. Not to be distributed or disposed of.
Thirty-two WONS (Weeds of National Significance) have been identified because of their impact on primary production and the environment, potential for spread and socioeconomic impacts.
|Form or habit:||Vine (Climbing, Twining or groundcover)|
Opposite compound with 2 ovate to oblong-elliptic lateral leaflets, 20-70mm long, and terminating with a three-clawed tendril (the cat’s claw), each claw 10-15 mm long. Juvenile leaves are simple.
|Flower description:||Large bright yellow bell-shaped with 5 petals, tube 40-80mm long, borne singly or in axillary pairs; perfumed.|
|Fruit description:||Narrow flat brown or black capsules to 150-450 x 8-20mm, containing many flat papery seeds, winged at both ends and 20-40mm long.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Mexico, Argentina and Brazil|
|Notes:||Spread by: wind, water, contaminated soil and garden waste. Invades/threats: creek banks and rainforest; dominates ground layer, strangles trees. Notes: introduced as a garden ornamental. Very severe scattered infestations throughout the region, including Reliance and Carmila creeks and Proserpine River. Category 3 restricted invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014, it must not be given away, sold, or released into the environment without a permit. The Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control. This is called a general biosecurity obligation (GBO).|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|