Also known as:
Climbing Alstromeria, Bomarea Caldasii
South America

General description

Deciduous multi-stemmed vine twining around any available support. Stems arise from short underground rhizomes wth many tubers. Light-mid green pointed parallel veined leaves, alternate on stem. Dense clusters of 15-20 trumpet shaped flowers Mar-Jun. Variable flower colour (yellow- orange red). Reddish on outside and yellow spots on inside, flowers develop into capsules about 2 cm in diameter. Ripen May-Aug with bright orange fleshy seeds.

Terrestrial; invades forest edges and disturbed forest remnants.

Birds, vegetative spread.

Shade tolerant, fast growing plant. Has the potential to suppress growth and smother trees and low growing vegetation.

Site management

Regular follow up required.

Recommended approaches

1. Dig out small infestations. Physical control very difficult- tubers or fragments left will regrow.
2. Cut near ground and stump paint (Vigilant gel).
3. Cut back & spray regrowth (200ml glyphosate + 10ml penetrant/10L) spring-summer.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
bomarea - Main species image