Merremia tuberosa (L.) Rendle
wood rose
Convolvulaceae

This light-loving, perennial vine can smother tall forest canopies. The seeds are almost exclusively distributed by man, who introduces it to new areas principally as a source of material for dried flower arrangements. The aerial portion of the plant is killed by fire, but a new vine is soon produced from its underground tuber. It has not been evaluated for biological control.

Wood rose grows in open mesic forests from sea level to 1,400 m. Many areas of Kaua'i are infested, e.g., Puhi, west of Lihu'e.


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