moth vine, mothplant
A perennial climber with sparse, twining, scrambling, woody stems; milky latex from cut or damaged stems, leaves and roots.
Leaves are opposite, dull green on the upper surface and grey to white on the lower surface, sparsely hairy, triangular to pear shaped, tip pointed, base as-if-cut-off to slightly heart shaped.
Flowers either white or pale pink, borne singly or arranged in loose clusters.
Fleshy pear-shaped fruits contain many seeds. Each seed has a bunch of silky hairs at one end.
Other plants easily confused with this plant
The native climbers Marsdenia rostrata and Parsonsia straminea may be confused with Moth Vine, but both have clear instead of milky sap.
Sources & References
"Weeds - an illustrated botanical guide to weeds of Australia" by B. A. Auld and R. W. Medd.
"Flora of New South Wales" editor Gwen J. Harden, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
Prepared by Justin KY Chu, July 2005
Checked by Dr Peter Michael, July 2005
Updated by Bev Debrincat, December 2011