Chilean flame creeper
Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status
- National Pest Plant Accord Species
- Whole region — Sustained control
Perennial deciduous climber. Leaves are five-fingered, with leaflets < 35 x 16 mm. Flowers are tubular, red/pink, < 15 mm in diameter and borne in November – April. Berries are blue/black, < 1 cm in diameter and ripen December – March.
What you need to know
To help protect our environment:
- you must not breed, distribute, release or sell Chilean flame creeper - As Chilean flame 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 flame 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 flame 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.
Forest, scrub, disturbed sites, canopy gaps.
Seeds dispersed by birds. Vegetative spread from root fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate planting.
Impact on environment
Smothers and suppresses native vegetation growth in forest and scrub ecosystems.
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.
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 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.