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Rubber vine (Cryptostegia grandiflora) weed management guide

Weeds of National Significance
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3215 1

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About the guide

Rubber vine is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.

Rubber vine has impacts on pastoral and conservation areas of northeastern Australia. Its main impact on pastoralism is the loss of grazing country, which in 1995 was estimated to cost the Queensland beef industry $18 million. It also increases the costs of mustering and fencing.

Rubber vine threatens waterways, woodlands and rainforests throughout northeastern Australia, including significant conservation areas such as the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Cape York. It also severely threatens riverine vegetation, and can potentially displace the plants and animals that inhabit riverbanks, thereby affecting the water quality of streams. The whole ecological integrity of native vine thickets and riverine systems of northern Australia is under threat from rubber vine.

This management guide was prepared in 2003. The state and territory contacts in this document may be out of date.

For advice on weed control in your state or territory see the primary contacts on the State and territory weed management arrangements page.

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Extent in Australia Potential distribution
WA, QLD Could further expand in current locations; plus NT, NSW
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