Alternative common names:
Sisblom (Afrikaans), Calico flower (English)
Distinguished by climbing habitat; leaves with heart-shaped base, leaf stalk twisted and with a stipule like small leaf at the base; flowers showy, made up of large pipe - shaped, petal-like calyx fruit an oblong capsule, ending in a projection; seeds tear-drop shaped.
Where does this species come from?South America and West Indies
What is its invasive status in South Africa?NEMBA Category 1b
Where in South Africa is it a problem?Limpopo and Mpumalanga
How does it spread?It spreads by seeds
Why is it a problem?
Overtops and smothers other species. Poisonous
What does it look like?
Leaves: Alternate - Bright green above, greyish below, membranous, heart- to kidney-shaped, 5-7 nerved from the base, 20-80(-120) mm long; stipules round to kidney-shaped, 10-20 mm long.
Flowers: Maroon with white marbling, throat yellow, heart-shaped, 50-100 mm long. Flowers between February-May.
Fruit/seeds: Capsule - Brown capsules, sausage-shaped, 40-60 mm long, six-ribbed, like hanging baskets after dehiscence.
Does the plant have any uses?