Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Pereskia aculeata Mill.
CACTACEAE
Invasive, Potential minor problem species
Origin: Tropical South America
Growth Form: Climber
Plant Description: Plant: Spiny, shrubby to clambering vine with long, whip-like branches, 2–10 m/higher, resembling Bougainvillea; young stems & leaves semi-succulent with pairs of short, hooked spines in the leaf axils; older stems woody with clusters of hard, straight spines. Leaves: Bright green, glossy. Flowers: White, cream or yellowish, lemon-scented, March–July. Fruit: Green turning yellow, succulent berries, about 20 mm across, encircled by a whorl of deciduous leaf-like scales.
Key Features:
Control: chemical control partially succssful if the cut stumps are treated, all cut pieces must be collected and burned
Comments: Suspected/Possible
More information:
Weeds & Invasive Plants Home Page
NRCS Plants Database

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J.S. Peterson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

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