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Anredera Cordifolia - Madeira Vine

 

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Habitat

You may see it in bright green clumps growing on top of some tree, shrub or fence, smothering it, and later on in autumn, covered in long sprays of creamy flowers. Left alone, it will overpower any plant in its way.


Description

Madeira Vine is a vigorously growing vine originating from the Amazon jungle. Often found twining up your fence or shrubs, it has a grey-brown stem tapering to pale green, with distinctive heart-shaped thick fleshy leaves. More mature vines have weird knobbly growths like small potatoes along its length.

Noxious Weed Category: 4

Control & Removal Methods

Control is easy if caught early. Each plant sprouts from a shallow underground tuber, and regrows from this or the easily broken off stem tubers which fall to the ground. So all below and above ground tubers need to be removed and disposed of in the garbage.

Whilst young and less than 1 metre in length, simply lift out the plant, easing out the tuber from the soil at its base. The underground tuber snaps readily, so be sure to get all bits. At this stage the stem tubers will not have developed.

Beyond this stage the plant is very quick growing and vigorous, with stem tubers growing rapidly. Once it has taken off like this, pulling the vine down from trees will knock its tubers to the ground where they’ll grow, so care must be taken: cutting and gently removing small sections at a time, and/or laying a sheet on the ground below to catch the tubers. By now the main underground tuber will have enlarged and will require careful digging to get it all. Be aware that the tubers can lie dormant in the soil for many years.