Perennial herbaceous to semi-woody, scrambling, trailing or climbing vine, < 30 m long. Leaflets are in groups of three and are dark green and slightly lobed with hairy undersides. Flowers are fragrant, red/purple, pea-like and borne in spikes. Seed pods are flattened, hairy, brown and bean-like.
To help protect our environment:
Forest, forest margins, riparian areas, scrub, shrubland, plantations, roadsides.
Seeds dispersed by birds. Vegetative spread from layering and root fragments, dispersed by water. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste, contamination of machinery and vehicles.
Aggressive competitor in native forest, shrubland and riparian margins. Alters forest disturbance regimes, out-shades and girdles small trees. Allelopathic.
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.