Image: Rubber vine, © Albert C. Perdeck.
Status of rubber vine in Tasmania
- 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?
- Rubber 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 Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777 to report this weed.
Weed Links and Resources
Other useful links
Weeds in Australia - Weed Management Guide