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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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Lollipop climber

Diplocyclos palmatus

Common name:

Lollipop climber

Scientific name:

Diplocyclos palmatus (Cucurbitaceae)

Alternative common names:

Striped cucumber, Marble Vine (English)

A perennial, climber with thin stems growing up to 6m high. White or greenish-yellow flowers from March to April. Commonly known as the Lollipop climber, bearing green fruits with white blotched stripes, later turning red-orange colour- resembles a lollipop, hence the common name. Originally from Australia.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?


    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    NEMBA – Category 1a

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    It has been recorded in KwaZulu Natal in Pinetown (Kloof Memorial Park and Edgecliff Nature Reserve) and Pietermaritzburg

    How does it spread?

    Lollipop climber spreads by fruits and seeds

    Why is it a problem?

    Lollipop climber forms extremely dense infestations

    What does it look like?

    General description: Lollipop climber a perennial, grows up to 6 metres high, with hairless stem, becoming thickened and white dotted on the ridges when older. Leaves: Alternate, palmate, hairy, bright green leaves on the upper surface, while underneath the leaves it is pale and smooth. Flowers: Small and yellow flowers, produced in March/April. Fruit/Seeds: Initially green with white blotched stripes, later turning a bright red-orange colour- this resembles a lollipop, hence the common name.

    Does the plant have any uses?

    In India lollipop climber is used for its medicinal properties in the treatment of rheumatic pain, cough, flatulence, and other various skin diseases

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