aka Princess Vine (Cissus verticillata)
- Woody vine with thick, tough and flexible stems
- Leaves have large variations, they can be oblong or rounded, coarsely or finely serrated and are 1-6in long
- Firm tendrils grow opposite of the leaves
- Small yellow or green flowers grow in clusters, round fruit is black when mature
- Native to Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico to Chile, and Argentina
- Climbing vine that will quickly cover many trees
- Restricts plant growth by blanketing forest canopies
- Considered a major agricultural weed to citrus crops in Texas
- Seeds are water and bird dispersed. Cuttings will easily root. The plant has many long aerial roots that dangle loosely from the tree branches and will root in the ground.
Individual populations are being monitored in Kalaheo, Lawai, Poipu, and Koloa. KISC is currently researching plausible treatment methods. Please report any sightings.