Weed of the Week – Rubber Vine

Weed of the Week!

rubber-vine

Get to know your enemies: one weed at a time, one week at a time…

Rubber Vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora)
Restricted invasive plant under the Queenslands Biosecurity Act 2014
Weed of National Significance 

  • Flowers are a pale pink, darker in the centre.
  • Strangles native vegetation, common and problematic in riparian areas and poisonous to livestock.
  • Very distinctive seedpods that look like pointy dragon wings (green when immature, like the picture on the left – they turn brown as they mature) Seeds inside are white and fluffy like cotton and spread by wind, water and livestock.
  • Rubber vine has a white sap, that can be used to make glue or rubber (hence the name). You can cut or crack a small piece of the young vine to check for white sap for ID, just be careful not to get this on your skin, it can be very irritating to skin.
  • Young rubber vine can look like a small tree with ‘whippy’ arms flying off all over the place. Look for a red central vein on the underside of the leaf. Leaves are opposite.
  • Reef Catchments has QNRM 2016-17 for survey and control of this species with and Whitsunday and Pioneer Catchment Landcare’s. WCL focusing in the Gregory Catchment and west of Pros. Dam. PCL focusing on Eton – Brightly area.

 

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