Wonga Wonga Vine

Australia, New Guinea

General description

Perennial climbing vine. Stems become woody with age. Leaves are glossy, green, opposite and pinnate, with < 9 pointed oval leaflets. Flowers are tubular, fragrant, cream/yellow/burgundy with reddish throats and borne in terminal clusters in August – November. Seed capsules are beaked, green turning brown and contain winged seeds.

What you need to know

Although wonga wonga vine is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Disturbed forest, shrubland, coastal cliffs, rocky sites, gardens.

Seeds dispersed by wind. Vegetative spread from layering. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste, deliberate plantings and movement of contaminated soil.

Can form dense infestations and prevent native seedling recruitment.

Site Management

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.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Cut vines and leave upper stems to die in trees or dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts (except vines if left to die in trees)

Disposal options: Compost in a composting weed bag or remove to greenwaste or landfill


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
For small infestations:
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel

Basic Growsafe certified
For small infestations:
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base of stems with 1g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water
Cut vines at waist height and foliar spray vines on the ground with 0.5g metsulfuron-methyl per 1L of water

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user
For medium to large infestations:
Cut vines at waist height and foliar spray vines on the ground with 5g metsulfuron-methyl per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant

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

Similar species

Jasminum polyanthum

Jasmine lacks woody stems. It has smaller white flowers.

Port St John creeper
Podranea ricasoliana

Port St John creeper has large pink trumpet flowers with 5 rounded petals in comparison to the smaller creamy bell shaped flowers. Juvenile leaves are more serrated than wongawonga vine.

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RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
Wonga wonga vine - Main species image