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Chilean Flame Creeper

Family:
Tropaeolaceae
Origin:
Chile

General description

Perennial deciduous climber. Leaves are five-fingered, with leaflets < 35 x 16 mm. Flowers are tubular, red/pink, < 15 mm in diameter and borne in November – April. Berries are blue/black, < 1 cm in diameter and ripen December – March.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell Chilean flame creeper. As Chilean flame creeper is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
  • You must not plant Chilean flame creeper within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any Chilean flame creeper on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Forest, scrub, disturbed sites, canopy gaps.

Seeds dispersed by birds. Vegetative spread from root fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate planting.

Smothers and suppresses native vegetation growth in forest and scrub ecosystems.

Site Management

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.

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

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 double strength glyphosate gel
or
Cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 200ml glyphosate green per 1L of water

Basic Growsafe certified
For small infestations:
Cut vines at waist height and foliar spray vines on the ground with 200ml glyphosate green per 10L 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 200ml glyphosate green 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

chocolate vine
Akebia quinata

Chocolate vine's leaflets have stems and purple-brown flowers.

Search tags

RPMP status


National Pest Plant Accord Species
Whole region (Sustained Control)
Chilean flame creeper - Main species image