Anredera cordifolia (Ten.) Steenis
Steenis, C.G.G.J. van (1958) Flora Malesiana Series I 5: 303.
Lamb's Tail; Madeira Vine; Vine, Madeira; Jalap
Vine stem diameters to 4 cm recorded. Stems very flexible, difficult to break. Numerous grotesquely shaped tubers usually present on the branches. Fibrous stripes visible in the blaze.
Leaf blades rather thick, soft and fleshy, snapping when bent on themselves, about 2.5-9 x 10 cm, petioles about 0.3-3.5 cm long. Lateral veins four to six on each side of the midrib.
Inflorescence a panicle usually consisting of three elongated racemes. Flowers pleasantly perfumed, about 6 mm diam. At first sight the flowers appear to consist of three whorls of perianth segments. The outer whorl of two small green segments (actually bracteoles); a middle whorl of two petal-like segments (also bracteoles) and an inner whorl of 5 petal-like segments (tepals). Lowest pair of bracteoles about 0.8 mm long, green, connate, margins fringed. Upper bracteoles about 2 mm long, white and petaloid. True perianth tube about 0.8 mm long, lobes about 2.5 mm long. Stamens about 3 mm long, attached near the apex of the perianth tube, filament bases broad. Anther locules free, i.e. no connective. Ovary + style + stigma about 3 mm long. Ovule one, basal. Styles branched, three-armed, each arm with an elongated glandular stigma.
Features not available. Fruits do not appear to be produced in Australia.
Features not available.
A troublesome weed which is difficult to exterminate as it produces large subterranean tubers. One control measure involves the excavation of the tubers and boiling them to kill them.