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.
To help protect our environment:
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.
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.