Gloriosa superba, Fam. Colchicacea
Slender tendril climber with annual wiry stems to about 3m long and perennial tuberous rootstock.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Vine (Climbing, Twining or groundcover)|
Alternate ovate, 60-200 x 20-40mm with stem-clasping base, tapering into a distinctive tendril - the modified leaf tip; glossy.
Yellow, Red, Orange
|Flower description:||Showy, 45-75mm in diameter, with 6 orange to red, yellow based, strongly recurved ‘petals’ with wavy margins; borne singly on stiff axillary stems to about 150mm long.|
|Fruit description:||Large green fleshy oblong capsules, 30-100mm long, with numerous small disk-shaped orange to brown seeds, to 4mm wide.|
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|Toxicity:||Toxic if ingested, potential allergen, toxic or irritant to domestic pets, toxic to native animals|
|Origin:||Tropical/ subtropical Asia and Africa|
|Notes:||Spread by: seeds and tuberous roots spread in garden waste and water. Seeds possibly also wind-borne. Invades/threats: creek banks, coastal dunes, outcompetes native vegetation. Notes: garden escapee. All parts toxic, particularly the root stock. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|