Goose foot, syngonium, white butterfly
Syngonium podophyllum, Fam. Araceae
A vigorous fleshy creeper with watery-milky sap; climbing by adventitious roots or spreading over the ground.
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)|
Simple, alternate with channelled, stem-sheathing stalks, 150-600mm; blades on young plants 3-lobed arrow-shaped with white central area; becoming dark green on mature plants, more-or-less orbicular in outline to about 350mm across and deeply divided with up to 11 unequal leaflets.
White, Cream, Green
|Flower description:||Numerous minute green, white or cream on a long swollen fleshy spike sheathed by a creamy white, cream or yellow spathe, 90-110mm long, borne in axillary groups.|
|Fruit description:||Red to reddish-orange fleshy tightly clustered berries on a central spike, 30-70 x 15-35mm; seeds numerous, black or brown, 5-11mm long, enclosed in a white, cream or greyish pulp.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||Panama and Mexico|
|Notes:||Spread by: garden waste, cuttings. Invades/threats: rainforests, Melaleuca forests, and creek lines; will take root wherever roots touch the ground or bark. Capable of completely enveloping tree trunks and overtopping trees; forms large colonies. Notes: garden escapee; still commonly planted in gardens or as potted plants. Serious weed in a number of locations within this region. Very difficult to control once established. Sap causes permanent blood-like stains on clothing. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|