|Botanical Name||Araujia sericifera|
|Origin||S. Brazil, Argentina|
DescriptionOccasionally also called milk weed and kapok. Woody climbing plant with milky sap. Stems covered in very fine hairs, leaves dark green and 30-120mm x 15-60 mm in size. Flowers white, up to 4 on one shoot, Dec-May. Visiting insects are trapped and killed by the secretions in the flower. The large oval green fruit (follicle) is distinctive.
Where is it found?Gardens, sand dunes, waste places, plantations hedge rows and other modified habitats. Present in mainland reserves and several offshore islands.
Why is it a problem?Smothers existing vegetation and can form huge patches and colonies. A threat to islands.
How does it spread?Seeds dispersed by wind. Produces many seeds.
How do I get rid of it?
All pods, should be collected and destroyed.
Host plants will be affected by herbicide used.
Rate - Knapsack 5 g Metsulfuron + 10 mls Penetrant/10 litres water.
Use the cut stem approach for small infestations. Spray large infestations with Metsulfuron. Be aware of herbicide impact on host plants. Follow up will be required.
The public should be encouraged to eradicate this plant where it occurs on private land as it produces many windborne seeds.
The white sap can be irritating on the skin, so it is best to avoid contact.