Balloon Vine / Small Balloon Vine

Also known as:
Love In A Puff
Family:
Sapindaceae
Origin:
North & Central America

General description

Woody perennial or annual climbing vines < 10 m tall. Stems are ribbed and covered in yellow bristly hairs. Leaves are < 16 cm long and coarsely toothed. Flowers are white/yellow, fragrant and borne in clusters with hairy flower stalks. Seed pods are inflated, membranous, papery and light green, drying to pale brown in autumn.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell balloon vine or small balloon vine. As balloon vine and small balloon vine are National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
  • You must not plant balloon vine or small balloon vine within the Auckland region.

Auckland Council will control balloon vine and small balloon vine at all sites where they are known to occur.

If you see balloon vine or small balloon vine anywhere in the Auckland region, please report it to Auckland Council pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Riparian and forest margins, wetlands, disturbed forest, roadsides, wasteland.

Seeds dispersed by wind and water. Vegetative spread from suckering and root fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste, movement of contaminated soil and deliberate planting.

Aggressively smothers native vegetation in wetlands, forest and riparian margins. Can cause canopy collapse.

Site Management

Recommended approaches

Do not attempt to undertake control of this species. Please report to Auckland Council.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Search tags

RPMP status


Whole region (Eradication)
National Pest Plant Accord Species
Balloon vine / Small balloon vine - Main species image