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A very pretty but very nasty weed!!
"Garden escape. Climber that smothers shrubs and small trees, depressing their growth. Weed of wasteland and forests adjoining settlement mainly in coastal higher rainfall areas.
Perennial climber with twining stems, climbing to 6 m on supporting vegetation. Leaves oblong to triangular, 3–11 cm long, 1–6 cm wide, base of midrib on upper surface with finger-like small glands; base at right-angles to leaf stalk that is 0.5–4 cm long. Fruit a blue-green pod initially, turning brown and woody with age, splitting to release seeds. Seeds black, numerous, about 4 mm long and ending in a tuft of white silky hairs about 2.5 cm long.
Fruit a blue-green pod initially, turning brown and woody with age, splitting to release seeds. Seeds black, numerous, about 4 mm long and ending in a tuft of white silky hairs about 2.5 cm long.
Distinguished by twining habit; milky latex exuded from damaged stems and leaves"
Native to southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
http://www.weeds.org.au/cgi-bin/weedident.cgi?tpl=plant.tpl&card=V06
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jacki2

that's noxious alright. hope it doesn't come here; we have enough of out already. thanks.

KateKMK

Hello jacki! It comes from southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. So it's a long way from Australia, but not that far from North America! It's a "garden escape" & a perennial climber that smothers shrubs and small trees, depressing their growth. It has twining stems & climbs to 6 metres - 19.7 ft (approximately) & it exudes a milky latex from damaged stems & leaves!
I took the photo after it climbed the fence from a neighbour's house - I got rid of it after the photo shoot and it certainly had a lot of milky latex, ugh!!

KateKMK

Thanks Dilubreuer!

KateKMK

elliwelli, you've got it in one!!!

jacki2

it is very pretty. why is it noxious? is it an invader? is it crowding out native plants?

Dilubreuer

Beautiful Kate...

Hello Kate. This weed's flower is very pretty. What a shame. Why is it that weeds do so well here when they originally come from elsewhere?

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