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Anredera cordifolia


Anredera cordifolia (Ten.) Steenis

Family Name: Basellaceae
Common Name: Madeira Vine, Mignonette vine, 藤三七, 落葵薯


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Climber, Vine & Liana
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution South America
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
Local Conservation Status Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form An evergreen, herbaceous climber, it has a twining growth form. The stems can grow up to 3 to 6m in length. 
Foliage The leaves are simple and are ovate to subcordate with an acute apex with a glossy surface. Aerial, wart-like bubils can be found in the leaf axils. 
Flowers The fragrant, bisexual flowers are borne in pendulous, many-flowered racemes. The flowers are about 5mm in diameter and consist of a white perianth, stamens and a style which has split into 3 stigmatic arms. 
Cultivation The plant can be propagated vegetatively via its aerial bubils and is best grown in moist but well-drained soil and can be grown under full to partial sun. 
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts (Edible Roots)

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Fragrant (Flowers)
Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Trellis / Arbour / Pergola, Flowerbed / Border
Thematic Landscaping Fragrant / Aromatherapy Garden
Usage Hazard - Cons Invasive / Potentially Invasive

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Fast
Propagation Method Seed, Root Cutting, Division, Aerial Bulbil


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Glossy / Shiny, Thick
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Margin Entire

Non - Foliar and Storage

Specialised Storage Organ(s) Underground (Rhizome)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Inflorescence Type Raceme

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Master ID 31744
Species ID 6143
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.