Coastal morning glory

Thought to be native to tropical Africa and Asia, coastal morning glory is a fast-growing vine that can climb 4-5m into the forest canopy and smothers native vegetation. It is becoming common in areas of coastal Queensland, particularly along riverbanks.

Significant infestations of coastal morning glory can destroy native vegetation and displace native animals due to habitat destruction.

Scientific name

Ipomoea cairica

Other names



  • Leaves are alternate, hairless, 3-10cm long, 3-10cm wide, divided into 5 or 7 narrow lobes like fingers of a hand, borne on stalks (i.e. petioles) 2-6cm long.
  • Flowers are funnel-shaped, pink-lavender with deeper-coloured throat, 3.5-6cm long, 6-8cm wide.
  • Seeds are dark brown to black, 5-6mm long.


  • Prefers coastal areas.
  • Common along riverbanks.

Distribution in Queensland

  • Found in coastal areas of Queensland.

Life cycle

  • Flowers throughout most of year.



  • Smothers native vegetation.
  • Reduces biodiversity.
  • Destroys habitat of native animals.

How it is spread

  • Spread by seed and spreading stems.


Physical control

  • Manually remove using brush hook or similar tool.
  • Dig out and remove crown and roots to prevent regrowth.

Herbicide control

  • Herbicides are effective on larger infestations.

See the Coastal morning glory fact sheet (PDF, 705KB) for herbicide control and application rates.

Biological control

  • No known biological control agents.

Declaration details

  • This is not a declared species under the Land Protection (Pest and State Route Management) Act 2002 but may be declared under other legislation or local government law.

More information

Contact us

Call your local government office, or Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.

Last updated
25 November 2015


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