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German wasp | Vespula germanica

German wasp

Vespula germanica

Coral bush | Ardisia crenata

Coral bush

Ardisia crenata

Purple loosestrife | Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Pom pom weed | Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Pom pom weed

Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Canarybird bush | Crotalaria agatiflora

Canarybird bush

Crotalaria agatiflora

Peanut butter cassia | Senna didymobotrya

Peanut butter cassia

Senna didymobotrya

Rubber vine | Cryptostegia grandiflora

Rubber vine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

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Morning glory bush

Ipomoea carnea

Common name:

Morning glory bush

Scientific name:

Ipomoea carnea

Alternative common names:

Cairo morning glory, five-fingered morning glory, Messina creeper, mile-a-minute.

A climbing or scrambling shrub with deep pink to rose-red flowers. This shrub invades roadsides and watercourses and may out-compete indigenous plants. It prefers warmer climates and recorded from coastal bush and savanna.  

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    South, Central and North America, from Argentina to Florida and Texas in the United States.

    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    NEMBA 1b.

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces.

    How does it spread?

    Stem fragments and seeds are often dispersed in dumped garden waste and can also be spread by water.

    Why is it a problem?

    It invades roadsides, riverbanks, ditches and edges of dams in savanna and may out-compete indigenous plants.

    What does it look like?

    Leaves: Dull green, bumpy on both sides but sometimes becoming glabrous, lance to oval shaped, 100-250mm long. Flowers: Deep pink to rose purple, 50-90mm long in clusters at the branch tips. Fruit/seeds: Capsule brown, dehiscent capsules, 20mm long, 10-15mm wide, glabrous, seed usually covered with long brown hairs.

    Does the plant have any uses?

    Ornament, screens and hedges.

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General News Updates

2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasio…


This is your invitation to South Africa's 2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasions. The convention is hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology (CIB), University of Stellenbosch, and the Biolo... Read more

2019 Invasive Species Training


During the past five years (2014-2018), ISSA invasive species trainers have trained 4 000 in the identification of invasive species and laws pertaining to invasive species across South Africa.  ... Read more

Alien Grass Working Group


Who are we? The South African National Alien Grass Working Group was jointly initiated by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the Centre for Excellence in Invasion Biology (C·I·B) in... Read more

Permits for planting indigenous Cynodon?


On 16 February, 2018, South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs issued amendments to the regulations and lists relating to the National List of Invasive Species.  Updates to the draft&n... Read more

Invasive species training 2018 dates released


Interested in invasive species?  How much do you know about NEMBA invasive species compliance for landowners and organs of state? The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) have released... Read more

Communications post for Africa advertised


The Nature Conservancy has advertised a brand new post:  Communications Manager, Africa Region. Knowledge of invasive species and water would be an asset in this post. See details below:    Job Titl... Read more