Status of rubber vine in Tasmania(Cryptostegia grandiflora)
Rubber vine, photo: Albert C. Perdeck
- Rubber vine is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of rubber vine are prohibited in Tasmania.
- Rubber vine is also a Weed of National Significance (WONS).
What does rubber vine look like?
vine is a many stemmed shrub that can climb up to 30 m into tree
canopies. The stems are grayish brown with smooth bark, and have two
forms: a leaf-bearing branched stem, and a longer unbranched 'whip' with
fewer leaves and which extends onto nearby vegetation. The plant exudes
a milky sap if scratched or broken.
- The elliptical-shaped
leaves occur in pairs and are a glossy dark green in colour. The flowers
are trumpet-shaped, quite large (up to 5 cm), with five light purple to
white petals. The seeds occur in rigid pods up to 12 cm in length. Each
seed has a tuft of white silky hairs at one end.
- Seed is spread by wind and floodwaters.
Impacts of rubber vine
- Rubber vine is a serious weed of pastures, waterways, woodlands and rainforests in northern Australia.
Where does rubber vine occur
- Rubber vine is a native of Madagascar. In Australia, rubber vine has naturalised in Queendland.
- Rubber vine does not occur in Tasmania.
What you need to do
- If you locate
rubber vine anywhere in Tasmania, or if you find a plant that you think
could be rubber vine, immediately contact your Regional Weed Management
Officer on 1300 368 550 to report this weed.
Weed Links and Resources
Other useful links
Weeds in Australia - Weed Management Guide
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