Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Lianes and Related Trailing Plants
Terrestrial. Coastal localities, wasteland, especially shrub covered areas such as coastal gullies.
Climbing vine with slender stems often reddish, ageing to dull brown. Leaves slightly succulent, less so when exposed to high light, shining, broadly oval shaped, up to 13 cm with small irregular tubers where they join to the stem. Tubers can accumulate to form large clusters. Long hanging racemes of small white fragrant flowers to 18cm long are produced January to April.
The stem tubers help distinguish this species from all other naturalised vines in NZ.
January, February, March, April
trop S America
Reason For Introduction
Life Cycle Comments
reproduces vegetatively by producing knobbly tubers which are produced frequently in the leaf axils along the stems
fruit is not formed in New Zealand.
gravity, seawater, machinery, soil movement,
Tolerant to salt, prefers moist areas but can survive very harsh conditions and re-sprouts from corms when conditions are more favourable.