The Anredera is commonly know as Madeira vine which means a succulent climbing vine. The combination of fleshly leaves and thick aerial tubers makes this a very heavy vine. It smothers trees and other vegetation it grows on and can easily can break branches and bring down entire trees on its own. In English, in the Northern Hemisphere at least this plant is generally called Madeira Vine or Mignonette Vine.
In spanish Anredera it is called parra de Madeira, in French is called vin de Madere. It was introduced from its native central part of South America, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and in other places.
How to identify Anredera?
It is an evergreen climber that grow from fleshly rhizomes. It has bright, gree, shiny leave and heart-shaped. Wart-like tubers are produced on aerial stems and are a key to identifying the plant. it has masses of fragrant, cream flowers. The plant spreads via the tubers, which detach very easily. It is a subtropical plants. Its fleshly tuberous roots survive little or no heavy frost. But each year the delicate vines can grow 10-20 feet long even in the cool North. In frost free, humid areas they can grow 3 feet a week.
It is a fast growing twiner with succulent leaves and fragrant white flowers. It can be trained to twine up trellises, rock walls for decoration, fences or for screening.
The reproduction of Anredera
This plant can reproduce through the proliferation of tubers and also from rhizome fragrant that may be broken off. Although this species has both male and female flowers they rarely reproduce sexually and produce seed. This flowering plants often spreads through its own vegetative growth, but can easily be transported by human activities.