Coral vine, chain of love
Antigonon leptopus, Fam. Polygonaceae
Vigorous semi-deciduous perennial climber with deciduous hooked axillary tendrils, angular stems and tuberous roots. When supported can grow up to 20m high; forms dense ground cover where there is no climbing support.
Locally Declared Plants
Under the Local Law provision of the Local Government Act 1993, Local Government may declare a weed specifically for their Council area and enforce their control.
|Form or habit:||Vine (Climbing, Twining or groundcover)|
Arrow to heart-shaped, 70-120 x 50-80mm, dull-green, coarse textured with wavy margins.
|Flower description:||Tiny, enclosed within deep pink petal-like sepals and borne on large terminal sprays ending with a tendril.|
|Fruit description:||Green, egg shaped nut enclosed by persistent papery flower parts.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Mexico and Central America|
|Notes:||Spread by: garden waste; gravity and contaminated soil. Reproduces from seeds, tubers and root suckers. Populations expand by seed falling close to the parent plant. Invades/threats: open forest, beach scrub, coastal strand, alluvial plains and river banks. Notes: smothers native plants in the wet season. Leaves dry out and drop during the dry season providing fuel for fires. Garden escapee. Scattered naturalised populations recorded from throughout this region.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|