Woolly morning glory, Hawaiian baby woodrose
Argyreia nervosa, Fam. Convolvulaceae
Vigorous perennial twining climber with white woolly hairy stems up to 9m long; yellowish sap. Will scramble across the ground, covering large area if no climbing support available.
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.
|Form or habit:||Vine (Climbing, Twining or groundcover)|
Large heart-shaped, size varies with age and conditions, leathery, grey-green above, white wooly hairs below.
|Flower description:||Pink with darker throats, funnel-shaped to 50mm diameter, borne in few to several flowered, axillary clusters.|
|Fruit description:||‘Fruits’ resemble miniature woodroses and consist of a central bud-shaded capsule, about 17 x 17mm, surrounded by 5 persistent petal-like calyx lobes, brown on the inside and silvery, hairy on the outside. Capsules usually contain 4 wedge-shaped hairy seeds, 4-7mm long.|
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|Toxicity:||Toxic if ingested|
|Origin:||India and Burma|
|Notes:||Spread by: garden waste, water. Invades/threats: rainforest margins, riverine rainforests, open eucalypt woodland, roadsides; overtops and smother trees. Notes: introduced as garden ornamental; scattered distribution across coastal, north and central QLD. Naturalised populations more common in drier northern section of this region but observed to be establishing as far south as Carmila. ‘Fruits’ used for floral arrangements. Toxic seeds contain alkaloids.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|