Eccremocarpus scaber

Chilean glory creeper

Family: Bignoniaceae

Origin: Chile

Chilean glory creeper seed that's cracked open.
Seed pods are oval and slightly wrinkled containing black seeds with a prominent wing. Seed is wind spread.
Photo credit: Weedbusters

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • National Pest Plant Accord Species
  • Whole region — Sustained control

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General description

Perennial climbing sub-shrub < 6 m tall. Stems are much-branched. Flowers are orange/red, < 25 mm long and borne in inflorescences in September – May. Fruits are oval capsules < 45 mm long and contain black-winged seeds.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell Chilean glory creeper. As Chilean glory creeper is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
  • You must not plant Chilean glory creeper within the Auckland region, unless you are transferring an existing plant on your land to another location within the boundaries of the same property.
  • You must destroy any Chilean glory creeper on land that you occupy if it has been planted in breach of the above rules and you are directed to do so by an authorised person.

Habitats

Open scrub, forest and riparian margins, wasteland.

Dispersal

Seeds dispersed by wind.

Impact on environment

Smothers and suppresses native vegetation.

Control

Site Management

Cut and pull vines away from desirable trees and native plants before foliar spraying. Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Cut vines and leave upper stems to die in trees or dig out.

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts (except vines if left to die in trees).

Disposal options: Compost in a composting weed bag or remove to greenwaste or landfill.

Biocontrol

Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications:

For small infestations: Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with double strength glyphosate gel or cut stump and spray freshly cut base with 200ml glyphosate green per 1L of water.

Basic Growsafe certified:

For small infestations: Cut vines at waist height and foliar spray vines on the ground with 200ml glyphosate green per 10L of water.

Certified Handler/Experienced agrichemical user:

For medium to large infestations: Cut vines at waist height and foliar spray vines on the ground with 200ml glyphosate green per 10L of water and 20ml penetrant.

Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Close up of Chilean glory creeper flowers.
Flowers are tubular and are orange-red outside and orange within.
Photo credit: Weedbusters
Chilean glory creeper seeds in oval green pods.
Fruit capsules are glossy, slightly wrinkled and oval shaped.
Photo credit: Weedbusters
Chilean glory creeper flowers and seeds.
Smoothers shrubs and small plants, preventing regeneration of native species.
Photo credit: Weedbusters