Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Cardiospermum grandiflorum Swartz
SAPINDACEAE
large balloon creeper
Invasive, Minor problem species
Origin: Tropical America
Growth Form: Climber
Plant Description: Plant: Perennial, slightly woody climber with tendrils, 2–5 m or higher; often draping itself over trees; stems usually covered with bristly hairs. Leaves: Bright green, biternate, margins serrate, variously hairy. Flowers: White or yellow, fragrant, 7–11 mm long, in many-flowered and compact heads, October–January (–all year). Fruit: Membranous, inflated capsules, 45–65 mm long, green turning brown, pointed, much longer than broad; seed black, round, with an oblong white spot (hilum).
Key Features: larger, hairier and more robust, compared with C. halicacabum
Control: destroy the root and the rest of the plant will wither and die
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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada.

Photo - fruit/flowers/leaves



The Weeds Society of Western Australia

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