Cat`s claw climber (Macfadyena unguis-cati) - 2 photos

Parks of Central West Queensland, Queensland -  <i> Macfadyena unguis-cati</i>
 These yellow trumbet flowers might look good, but in Brisbane it is <u> serious environmental weed</u>.

      It is a perennial, climbing liana  native to the Central and South Americas and the West Indies, but now can be found in any tropical country.  It is an invasive species in much of its range and is said to be one of the most destructive exotic vines. The vine effects all layers of infected forest ecosystems by rapidly spreading both vertically and horizontally across everything with which it makes contact, overwhelming both the understorey plants and the canopy trees. 
Difficult to remove due to its rapid growth, extensive root system, and prolific seed production.

All flowers blooming within a few days in spring.

Macfadyena unguis-cati These yellow trumbet flowers might look good, but in Brisbane it is serious environmental weed. It is a perennial, climbing liana native to the Central and South Americas and the West Indies, but now can be found in any tropical country. It is an invasive species in much of its range and is said to be one of the most destructive exotic vines. The vine effects all layers of infected forest ecosystems by rapidly spreading both vertically and horizontally across everything with which it makes contact, overwhelming both the understorey plants and the canopy trees. Difficult to remove due to its rapid growth, extensive root system, and prolific seed production. All flowers blooming within a few days in spring.

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Keywords: Australia, QLD, Brisbane, park, Macfadyena unguis-cati, Cats claw vine, weed, yellow_flowers, flower, yellow, Bignoniaceae, bejuco de gato

Picture taken September 18th, 2011  
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