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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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  • HPRWA SCORE 14
  • FAMILY Asteraceae
  • CATEGORY Shrubs, Vines, & Others

cape ivy (Delairea odorata)

An aggressive smothering vine that escapes from cultivation. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife of the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources has designated this species as one of Hawai'i's Most Invasive Horticultural Plants.

  • A fleshy vine, woody at stem base, grows up to 20 ft long
  • Leaves (4 in long by 2.5 in wide) are deeply indented at base and slightly lobed with 3-10 lobes
  • Yellow flowers grow in dense clusters at end of the vines; many tiny white seeds form thistle balls similar to a dandelion
  • Naturalized on Maui and Big Island, present on Lana'i; native to South Africa
  • Many tiny seeds are spread by the wind, also spreads vegetatively

Harm

  • Quickly climbs into the forest canopy, smothering plants and killing trees
  • Restricts native plant growth and germination by blanketing the ground and rooting down at leaf nodes

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