Madeira vine is a creeper from South America with wide, fleshy, waxy heart-shaped leaves, bright green in colour. It produces fragrant creamy spikes, about 10cm long with numerous individual small flowers resembling a lamb’s tail. Flowering period: Feb-May. This creeper produces tubers (5mm-25cm) light-brown or green potato-like tubers along the stem, which fall to the ground and sprout. If not controlled properly, this species can cause substantial ecological damage by smothering indigenous vegetation.
- Common Name: Madeira vine (English), Madeira-ranker (Afrikaans), Intandela (Zulu). Alternative common names: Bridal wreath, Lamb’s tails, Cascade creeper, White shroud, Potato vine
- Botanical name: Anredera cordifolia
- Legal Status: NEMBA Category 1b
Where does this species come from?:
Subtropical South America
Why is it a problem?:
This vigorous climbing plant is a very heavy vine and can smother trees, shrubs and understorey causing them to collapse. This weed is very difficult to control due to its prolific tuber production.
Means of reproduction?:
Vegetative growth through aerial tubers, which once they hit the ground, can take root.