Cats Claw Creeper

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Macfadyena unguis-cati


This is a perennial, woody vine which is an aggressive climber. It has an extensive root system with underground tubers.

Leaves each have 2 leaflets with a 3 clawed tendril (the cat’s claw) growing between them. They are dark green and are arranged opposite each other on the stem.

Flowers are bright yellow, bell shaped and approximately 3 centimetres wide. It flowers during spring and summer. Seeds are contained within very long, narrow and flat pods on the vine. The seed pods are flat and are 1 centimetre wide and up to 30 centimetres long.

Habitat along creek systems and neglected areas and is mainly found in coastal regions.

Weed characteristics has the ability to completely smother native vegetation, growing up over trees.

Dispersal seeds are water dispersed, allowing the vine to spread along water courses.

Declaration Details

This species is a Class 3 declared plant under Queensland legislation.

How to act

Foliar spraying with a broad leaf herbicide and mechanical removal are recommended. Basal barking the stems can also be effective.

Refer to Weed Control Methods.


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