Madagascar rubber vine: declared pest

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Madagascar rubber vine (Cryptostegia madagascariensis) is a declared pest in Western Australia (WA). This article describes the nature of the plant with links to requirements land owners/occupiers must adhere to and pest control methods.

Form: vine — perennial

Status: present in WA


Native of north-western Madagascar. Shrub to three metres high if unsupported, or woody climber with vine-like stems climbing to 10 metres high. Bark sparsely dotted with corky patches (lenticels).

Leaves: Leaves opposite, glossy, dark green above, paler underneath.

Flowers: Found near the end of branchlets; petals joined in a funnel at the base, four to six centimetres long, pink-purple on inner and outer surfaces. Flowers mainly in summer, with early and late peaks.

Seeds: Pods mostly seven to nine centimetres long containing seeds with long silky hairs at one end. Seeds spread by wind, aided by silky hairs on seed and by water.

Declared pest category

The Western Australian Organism List (WAOL) contains information on the area(s) in which this pest is declared and the control and keeping categories to which it has been assigned in Western Australia (WA). Use the links on this page to reach Madagascar rubber vine in WAOL.

Requirements for land owners/occupiers and other persons

Requirements for land owners/occupiers and other persons if this pest is found can be sourced through the declared plant requirements link.

Search > detect > report

Report: this pest using the MyWeedWatcher smartphone and tablet application or online reporting tool.

Control method

Control methods for this declared plant can be found through the Madagascar rubber vine control link.

Contact information

Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS)
+61 (0)8 9368 3080