Anredera cordifolia (Ten.) Steenis

Madeira Vine

Scrambling vine with stems sometimes several metres long and often reddish. Leaves broadly ovate and heart-shaped at the base; blades sometimes to 10 cm long and often fleshy; stalks to 2 cm long. Flower clusters to 30 cm long, fragrant; autumn. Flowers white with ovate bracteoles. Style with 3 branches. Fruit not produced in cultivation; reproduction is vegetative from small, axillary bulblets.

Paraguay to S Brazil & N Argentina

Sometimes rampant over garden structures in Melbourne suburbs and occasionally in the country.

Now naturalised in dry coastal vegetation in Victoria and a pest plant in New South Wales including areas such as the Sydney suburbs and rainforest.

Rampant climber with fleshy heart-shaped leaves; bulblets, looking like small potatoes, develop at the stem joints.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Basellaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Caryophyllanae
order      Caryophyllales
family       Basellaceae
genus        Anredera Juss.