Common Name(s): sewer vine
Non-Native to Florida
Origin: India to China and Southeast Asia1
This species appears on the following legally prohibited plant lists
|Federal Noxious Weed List||Florida Noxious Weed List||Florida Prohibited Aquatic Plants List|
UF-IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas
CATEGORY I on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council’s (FLEPPC) 2017 List of Invasive Plant Species
Download a page (PDF) from Identification and Biology of Nonnative Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas – Second Edition1
Download a recognition card (PDF) from Invasive and Non-native Plants You Should Know2
Control information: Integrated Management of Nonnative Plants in Natural Areas of Florida (EDIS publication SP 242)3
Sewer vine is a non-native invasive vine in Florida, very similar to the non-native invasive skunk vine (Paederia foetida). Sewer vine differs in that its fruit is a flattened, brown or yellowish brown, shiny capsule that is elliptic to broadly ovate. It contains 2 black, winged, elliptic to broadly ovate seeds. Skunk vine has round fruits and round seeds that lack wings. However both are very similar in smell, appearance, and growth habit. Sewer vine, native to southern Asia, is now locally abundant in Dade County and has been observed in Hillsborough and Marion counties. It flowers profusely from spring through fall and produces large quantities of viable seed.
Semi-woody, climbing, twining vine, sometimes shrubby.
Opposite, broadly lanceolate to elliptic, with relatively long petioles and smooth margins.
Tubular, 7–11 mm long; pinkish to pale lilac with a purple throat, 5-lobed.
A flattened, orange to yellow, papery berry, to approximately 1 cm (0.4 in) in diameter; seeds winged.
Dangerous to native species as it can out compete and shade out even large trees. Spreads readily by seeds and by rooting at stem nodes. Stems often run beneath leaves and surficial duff, rooting as it goes. FLEPPC Category I
View the herbarium specimen image from the University of Florida Herbarium Digital Imaging Projects.
1. Identification and Biology of Nonnative Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas – Second Edition, by K.A. Langeland, H.M. Cherry, et al. University of Florida-IFAS Publication # SP 257. 2008.
2. Invasive and Non-native Plants You Should Know – Recognition Cards, by A. Richard and V. Ramey. University of Florida-IFAS Publication # SP 431. 2007.
3. Integrated Management of Nonnative Plants in Natural Areas of Florida, by K. A. Langeland, J. A. Ferrell, B. Sellers, G. E. MacDonald, and R. K. Stocker. University of Florida-IFAS Publication # SP 242. 2011.