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Article: Hairy cat's claw creeper

Hairy cat's claw creeper
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Hairy cat's claw creeper

Common Name

Hairy cat's claw creeper, Cat's Claw Vine, Yellow Trumpet Vine, Cat's Claw Creeper, Funnel Creeper

Scientific Name

Dolichandra unguis-cati





Seasons of Growth


Key Distinguishing Feature

Vine with claw-shaped tendrils and yellow-orange flowers

• Growth Form: Hairy Cat's Claw Creeper is a climbing vine that can reach considerable heights. It attaches itself to support structures or other vegetation using tendrils equipped with claw-like hooks.

• Leaves: The leaves are pinnately compound, meaning they have multiple leaflets arranged along a central stem. They are typically dark green and serrated along the edges.

• Flowers: The flowers are trumpet-shaped and usually bright yellow to orange in colour. They are borne in clusters and are quite showy.

• Fruit: The fruit is a long, slender capsule that contains winged seeds.

• Habitat: Hairy Cat's Claw Creeper is commonly found in a variety of habitats, including disturbed areas, roadsides, and as an ornamental vine in gardens. It is native to South America but has naturalized in other regions.

Ecological Impact:

• Hairy Cat's Claw Creeper can be invasive in some regions, where it can smother native vegetation and alter ecosystems. Its rapid growth and ability to climb make it a competitive species.

Control Methods:

• Control of Hairy Cat's Claw Creeper often involves a combination of mechanical, chemical, and cultural methods.

• Mechanical methods include manual removal, cutting, or pruning to reduce its biomass and prevent it from climbing.

• Herbicides may be used for control, but care must be taken to use them safely and effectively, following local regulations.

• Preventing the establishment of Hairy Cat's Claw Creeper through vigilant monitoring and early removal is important to prevent its spread.

Hairy Cat's Claw Creeper is a challenging invasive vine that requires active management to prevent its spread and protect native ecosystems. Local agricultural authorities often provide guidance on the best control practices for this invasive species.

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