A native of Brazil as the common name suggests, this aggressive climber is a garden escapee. It was grown (and may still be) in Brisbane and throughout warmer regions of the world for its attractive mauve-bue star-shaped flowers which develop into glossy red berries.

Stems are green and hairless.

Leaf blades (lamina) are deeply lobed, with 3-9 lobes that look a little like individual leaflets.

Photo: Matt Tomkins

Flowers with bee

Flowers are star-like when open, mauve-blue, up to 3 cm across. Petals are joined at the base. The flower clusters are showy, with up to 50 flowers in a cluster.

Fruits become shiny, red, globular berries about cm in diameter.

A problem in moist creek edges, as it gets very intertwined with other plants.

Photo: Mark Crocker

Flower closeup

Photo: Mark Crocker