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- Leaves are broadly cordate (heart shaped) and alternately arranged on stems
- all leaf veins arise from the leaf base, unlike other herbaceous vines such as smilax and morning-glories
- Flowers are inconspicuous, arising from leaf axils in
panicles 4 inches long
- herbaceous twining vine
- 70 feet or more in length
- Air potato can grow extremely quickly, roughly 8 inches per day. It typically climbs to the tops of trees and has a tendency to take over native plants
- Forms dense vines on smother native plants and trees
spread beyond garden borders and is now wreaking havoc on wild lands by displacing native species
bitter and some are potentially poisonous
Air potato can even reach the tops of trees that are 60 or more feet tall. It blankets everything it grows on, and the plants beneath it starve for sunlight
it invades and harms pinelands and especially the biologically diverse hardwood hammocks
The elimination of the air potato would create more available land for gardeners considering the air potato reproduces rapidly and can hover over a 3 acre lot. An increase in native species would occur since the potato displaces a great majority of native species. The air potato is on the Florida noxious weed list for its incredible numbers in a given area so the removal of this invasive species would lead to the removal of the species on the list and would no longer be sought out as a threat to other plants and their availability to light to produce chloroplast and photosynthesis.