Cryptostegia grandiflora, Fam. Apocynaceae prev. Ascelpiadaceae
A twining vine that can reach to 30m high in trees or grow as scrambling shrub. Milky sap.
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)|
|Family:||Apocynaceae prev. Ascelpiadaceae|
Simple, opposite ovate, 60-100 x 30-50mm, thick dark glossy green. Stalks often pink.
|Flower description:||Large tubular with five spreading lobes, about 50mm in diameter, white to pale purple; borne singly or in terminal umbels.|
|Fruit description:||Brown, paired rigid follicles, 100-120 x 30-40mm, each with up to 450 seeds, about 8mm long and tipped with a tuft of white silky hairs, 10-35mm long.|
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|Toxicity:||Toxic if ingested|
|Notes:||Spread by: wind over long distances, water. Invades/threats: creek areas and outward onto floodplains, especially in drier parts of the region. Smothers native vegetation, forms dense thickets and reduces growth of pastures. May be toxic to livestock. Notes: rubber vine containment lines are in place north of Proserpine and west of Eton. 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.|