Weed Habitat

  • Widely distributed throughout tropical and sub-tropical regions.
  • Infestations usually start in creek and river systems then spread to adjacent hillsides and pastures.

Description

  • Perennial, can grow unsupported to 2 m or scramble up to 15 m in trees
  • Stems, leaves and seedpods have a milky sap when broken.
  • Leaves are dark green and glossy, 6-10 cm long, and in opposite pairs.
  • Flowers are large with five white to light purple petals in a funnel shape.
  • Seedpods are 10-12 cm long, are rigid and grow in pairs at the end of a short stalk.

Rubber vine - Cryptostegia grandiflora    Rubber vine - Cryptostegia grandiflora - branches    Rubber vine - Cryptostegia grandiflora - with seed pods

Declaration

This species is declared Restricted Matter under the Biosecurity Act 2014
for further information on declaration refer to your Local Government or the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. It is also a Weed of National Significance.