Perennial climbing vine < 40 m long. Rhizomes are fleshy. Stems are slender and reddish, with small, warty, aerial tubers. Leaves are < 11 x 10 cm, glossy, fleshy, oval or heart-shaped and alternate. Flowers are small, fragrant, cream and borne in drooping, slender inflorescences in January – April.
To help protect our environment:
Disturbed forest, forest margins, gullies, shrublands, coastline, dunes, riparian areas.
Vegetative spread from rhizomes, rhizome fragments and aerial and subterranean tubers, dispersed by water. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.
Smothers and sometimes crushes understorey plants.
Cut and pull vines away from desirable trees and native plants before foliar spraying. Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.
Do not attempt to undertake control of this species on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group. Please report to Auckland Council if seen on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.