*Araujia sericifera

Family Apocynaceae


Twiner with milky sap, with stems up to 5 m. Longevity 5 - 25 years.

Flowers: White, December – March.

Fruit: Pear-shaped fruits 5-8 cm long, splitting to release numerous plumed seeds, mature April-May.

Seed: Plumed seed dispersed by wind.

Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of Peru.
  • Naturalised climber on fences and shrubs in woodland and wasteland.
  • Occasional in woodland at the Australian Botanic Garden, particularly in unburnt sites, minor weed.
  • Probably killed by fire.
  • Reported to be foodplant of butterfly caterpillar Danaus plexippus.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Araujia sericifera plant

Araujia seriicifera flower

Araujia sericifera fruit