Common name: Madeira vine (English), Madeira-ranker (Afrikaans), Intandela (Zulu), Alternative common names: Bridal wreath, Lamb’s tails, Cascade creeper, White shroud, Potato vine
Madeira vine is a creeper from South America with wide, fleshy, waxy heart-shaped leaves, bright green in colour. It produces fragrant creamy spikes, about 10cm long with numerous individual small flowers resembling a lamb’s tail. Flowering period: Feb-May. This creeper produces tubers (5mm-25cm) light-brown or green potato-like tubers along the stem, which fall to the ground and sprout. If not controlled properly, this species can cause substantial ecological damage by smothering indigenous vegetation.