Balloon Vine/ Small Balloon Vine

Also known as:
Heartseed
Family:
Sapindaceae
Origin:
North & Central America

General description

Vigorous perennial climber. Leaves with irregularly-toothed edges, divided into 3 leaflets, which in turn are again divided into 3. Small white flowers (most of year) have tendril at base of each cluster. Large inflated, 3-sided papery, balloon-like seed capsule. Black seeds with white heart shape.

Wide variety of habitats. Prefers full sun, well-drained soil.

Seed capsules dispersed by wind & water. Spreads locally by suckering.

The ability to spread rapidly & tolerate a wide range of habitats makes this vine a serious potential threat to NZ; a major invasive species in many Pacific Islands.

Site management

Regular follow up required.

Recommended approaches

1. Report it immediately to the Auckland Council Biosecurity team, who will arrange for its control at their expense. No specific herbicides can be used on this weed; best method for eradication is uprooting & leaving plant to wither & die.

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

Total Control - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
balloon vine/ small balloon vine - Main species image