Chilean Flame Creeper

Family:
Tropaeolaceae
Origin:
Chile

General description

Vigorous perennial vine with slender stems and blue-green five-fingered leaves. Coiling tendrils 7 cm long. Leaves die off over winter. Five petalled, (bottom 3 petals with very slender claw 7-8 mm long) scarlet flowers (4 cm in diameter) in summer - autumn, blue berries.

Terrestrial. Mainly remnant stands of forest, also scrub, sometimes found in more remote forest clearings.

Seeds bird spread, plant also spreads vegetatively by root fragments.

Invades forest margins and disturbed sites, climbing high into tree canopies, suppressing growth and replacing native species by shading and smothering.

Site management

Extremely hard to kill. Check for resprouting stems. Follow up 6 monthly.

Recommended approaches

1. Pull up all vegetation. Dispose.
2. Stump swab (glyphosate 500ml/L or 5g metsulfuron/L or Tordon BK 250ml/L).
3. Spray (200 ml glyphosate/10L + 10 ml penetrant). Spring-Summer.

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

Similar species

chocolate vine
Akebia quinata

Chocolate vine's leaflets have stems and purple-brown flowers.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
Chilean flame creeper - Main species image