Cat's Claw Creeper

Also known as:
Cat's Claw Vine, Cat's Claw Ivy, Yellow Trumpet Vine
Tropical America

General description

A tendril climber with large yellow trumpet flowers (25 cm length) in late spring. Long bean-like seed pods (containing winged seeds). Leaves have branched claw-like tendrils which cling to whatever they are climbing on. Leaflets opposite on stem, tendrils at end of each leaf stalk. Has tubers up to 40cm long.

Forest edge and light gaps. Can tolerate low light levels.

Wind and gravity. Can also spread by layering.

A smothering vine that is difficult to control, and has become a serious problem overseas, especially in Australia. It is becoming naturalised in New Zealand.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. Dig out seedlings. NB difficult to manually control because of the root and rhizome system.
2. Cut & stem paint (Vigilant gel or 25ml glyphosate/100ml)
3. Pull down vine & spray (150ml glyphosate/10L + 20ml penetrant).

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
cat's claw creeper - Main species image