Wongawonga Vine

New Guinea, Australia

General description

Woody evergreen climber. Large leaves divided into 3-7 slender oval, pointed leaflets, rich bronze, vary in size when young, mature to glossy deep green. Fragrant tubular to bell-shaped flowers (Aug-Nov) cream with reddish throats, in panicles.

Abandoned gardens. Prefers warm sunny conditions. Mature plants frost-tolerant.

Seldom produces fruit.

Dense masses of foliage smother surrounding vegetation both on the ground and in the canopy. Grows rampantly in warm conditions.

Site management

Note layering stems, follow up regularly. Remove fruits to prevent seeding.

Recommended approaches

1. This species is included because it is one of the species to be researched in the 2007-2012 Auckland Regional Pest Management Strategy.
2. Hand pull small infestations, dig out roots.
3. Cut at ground level, paint stump (200ml glyphosate/1L or 1g metsulfuron/1L or 100ml Tordon BK/1L or 100ml triclopyr/1L).
4. Spray if underlying vegetation not desirable (100ml glyphosate/10L or 5g metsulfuron/10L).

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

Similar species

Jasminum polyanthum

Jasmine lacks woody stems. It has smaller white flowers.

Port St John creeper
Podranea ricasoliana

Port St John creeper has large pink trumpet flowers with 5 rounded petals in comparison to the smaller creamy bell shaped flowers. Juvenile leaves are more serrated than wongawonga vine.

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RPMS status

Species to be researched (not a Pest Plant) - Whole Region
wongawonga vine - Main species image