02 – February Anredera cordifolia (BASELLACEAE) Madeira Vine

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Description A soft, fast-growing vine with heart-shaped leaves. Large numbers of tubers form along stems and from the roots, producing many more plants when they sprout.

Photo: Mark Crocker

Why it’s bad It can engulf native species, reducing light penetration often killing the plant underneath. Native vines cannot compete with its incredible growth rate.

Control New vines can sprout from even fragments of tubers, which should be bagged and taken off site or cooked out under black plastic. Standard herbicides are not very effective.

Alternatives Replace with any of the fast growing native vines including Shiny-leaved Gum Vine, Pearl Vine, Wonga Vine, Embelia or the Native Grapes.

Native alternative Shiny-leaved Gum Vine (Aphanopetalum resinosum) Photo: Robert Whyte