Dutchman's Pipe (Exotic)

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Aristolochia elegans

Description

Dutchman’s pipe is a fast growing vine that can reach 3 metres high. Leaves are up to 75 millimetres long, glossy green and heart shaped, growing closely to form a dense mat of foliage.

Stems are woody, slender and twine tightly in coils around any supporting structure.

Flowers the name arose from its’ flowers which are shaped like a traditional Dutchman’s pipe. These flowers are strikingly coloured reddish-purple and marked with white and yellow.

Habitat it is popular in gardens and suburban backyards and prefers moist, fertile soils.

Weed characteristics it is a prime invader of rainforests. It resembles the natural food plants of butterflies but poisons the larvae when they begin to feed. It threatens the survival of the rare birdwing butterfly.

Dispersal produces large amounts of seeds that fall and spread.

Declaration Details

Dutchman’s pipe is a Class 3 declared plant under Queensland legislation.

How to act

Physical removal of all plant parts can be effective. Cut stump or foliar spraying with glyphosphate can also provide good control. Follow up monitoring and control is recommended as often requires a second application for complete control and can regrow vegetatively.

Refer to Weed Control Methods.

References

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