Araujia sericifera Brot.

Moth plant, white bladderflower, common moth vine, cruel vine
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Description 1

A robust, crawling perennial plant with flexible, slightly hairy stalks that are green or grey in colour with a milky, toxic sap. Opposing, elongated leaves that are roughly triangular shaped and relatively thick with whole edges that end in a point. They are 3-12 cm long and 1-6 cm wide with a white and highly hairy underneath. White or cream coloured flowers in the shape of a bell, 5 sepals that are 8-13 mm long and 5 petals that are 18-20 mm long and that fuse at the base.

Biology 1

Fast growing woody liana that is favoured by the presence of any type of support, be that natural (trees, reeds) or artificial (fences, fruit plantations, garden plants). It flowers from May to September. It mainly reproduces by means of seeds dispersed short distances by the wind, and also by water. Asexual reproduction in cuttings.

Habitat 1

Shrub land and moist pastures on riverbeds. Wooded or suburban areas and abandoned vegetable gardens in coastal areas (very rare in-land).

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species and Document sheets of the Exotic Invasive Species Act 630/2013 (GEIB)

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Flora 1

http://www.mapama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce_eei_flora.aspx

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY-SA), http://natusfera.gbif.es/guide_taxa/1933

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