Perennial, high-climbing vine. Stems are cylindrical, covered in tendrils and coated in yellow hairs. Leaves are triple-lobed and < 14 cm long, with a downy top and densely hairy underside. Flowers are pendulous and pink, with a hypanthium < 10 cm long and short petals. Fruit is green ripening to orange/yellow, oblong and has edible pulp.
To help protect our environment:
Disturbed and open forest, forest and riparian margins, shrubland, cliffs, sand dunes, roadsides, hedgerows, wastelands, gardens.
Seeds dispersed by birds, possums and feral pigs. Vegetative spread from stem fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.
Smothers native vegetation and prevents seedling establishment. Provides food resource to introduced fauna, particularly feral pigs. Poses risk to horticultural industry as it can host Passiflora latent virus (PLV).
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.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.