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Tetrastigma voinierianum
(Baltet) Pierre ex Gagnep., Vitaceae
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Present on Pacific Islands?  yes

Primarily a threat at high elevations?  no

Risk assessment results:  High risk, score: 8 (Go to the risk assessment)

Other Latin names:  Vitis voinieriana Baltet

Common name(s): [more details]

English: chestnut vine, lizard plant

Habit:  vine

Description:  "Vigorous vine; young stems rusty hairy.  Leaves compound; leaflets usually 5 (rarely 3 or 4), broadly obovate, 6-10 inches long, shiny green, ±fleshy, underside rusty brown-hairy, margins wavy to broadly toothed; tendrils long, not forked.  Inflorescence axillary, crowded, much-branched clusters.  Male flowers stamens 5, pistil reduced; female flowers (not seen in Hawai‘i) sterile stamens 4; ovary conical, stigma 4-lobed, nearly sessile.  Fruit not seen in Hawai‘i"  (Staples & Herbst, 2005; p. 573).

Habitat/ecology:  "It is a rampant climber that can cover buildings or large trees if left untrimmed.  This species thrives in deep shade"  (Staples & Herbst, 2005; p. 573).

Propagation:  Seed.  In Hawai‘i, no female plants are present and the species is reproducing vegetatively.

Native range:  Vietnam or Laos  (Staples & Herbst, 2005; p. 573).


Country/Terr./St. &
Island group
Location Cited status &
Cited as invasive &
Cited as cultivated &
Cited as aboriginal introduction?
Reference &
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
Hawai‘i (Big) Island introduced
Staples, George W./Herbst, Derral R. (2005) (p. 573)
Blanketing trees along Pepe‘ekeo Scenic Drive
Vegetatively reproducing.
State of Hawaii
Hawaiian Islands
O‘ahu Island introduced
Frohlich, Danielle/Lau, Alex (2007) (p. 12)
Voucher cited: D. Frohlich & A. Lau s.n. (BISH 725949).
Vegetatively reproducing.

Control:  Difficult to control as it sprouts from root suckers (Frohlich & Lau, 2007; p. 12).

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This page was created on 11 DEC 2007 and was last updated on 26 JUN 2009.