MADEIRA VINE, LAMB’S TAIL, POTATO VINE (WEED)
Anredera cordifolia, Fam. Basellaceae
Rampant fleshy twiner with tuberous roots. Produces numerous (1,000’s) small, knobby, reproductive potato-like ‘bulbs’ in leaf axils.
|Form or habit:||Climbing or twining plant|
Heart-shaped, 70 x 45mm fleshy, light green.
|Flower description:||Small, white on long drooping axillary spikes resembling a lamb’s tail, 100mm long; fragrant.|
|Fruit description:||Not known to produce viable fruit in Australia.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Weed status:||Declared class 3|
|Notes:||Spread by: ‘Bulbs’ spread by water, gravity and in garden waste. Invades/threats: Creek banks, smothers and destroys trees and shrubs. Introduced as garden ornamental. Large infestations on Cattle Creek in the Pioneer Catchment. 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 (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.|