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Dipogon lignosus (L.) Verdc.
Dolichos Pea

Taxon 17:537-538 (1968)
Conservation Code
Not threatened
Naturalised Status
Alien to Western Australia
Name Status

Twining shrub or climber. Fl. pink/purple, Sep to Dec or Jan. Gravelly soil, sand, loam. Coastal areas, creek banks, roadsides, gardens, bare areas.

Amanda Spooner, Descriptive Catalogue, 17 August 2007


IBRA Regions
Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Northern Kimberley, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.
IBRA Subregions
Fitzgerald, Mitchell, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Recherche, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.
IMCRA Regions
Local Government Areas (LGAs)
Albany, Armadale, Augusta Margaret River, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Bunbury, Busselton, Collie, Dardanup, Denmark, Donnybrook-Balingup, Esperance, Gosnells, Harvey, Jerramungup, Kalamunda, Manjimup, Nannup, Plantagenet, Wyndham-East Kimberley.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)

General Biology. Growth form. Vine. Reproduction. Seed. Dispersal. Explosive, birds, water, soil and garden refuse. Time to first flowering. 2+ years. Vegetative regeneration strategy. coppices/resprouts. Seedbank persistence. Soil, medium, 1-5 years. Fire response. Fire can kill mature plants and stimulate seed germination.

Notes. Infestations smother all ground-flora, topple shrubs and trees and prevent any regeneration occurring. Soil disturbance generates mass seed germination.

Additional information. Origin. South Africa. History of use/introduction. Garden escape. Similar native species. Hardenbergia comptoniana.

Suggested method of management and control. Hand pull seedlings and small plants ensuring removal of all root material; sever vines of larger plants and leave to dry in canopy, then dig out woody roots; scrape and paint using 100% glyphosate or foliar spray in highly degraded sites with 1.5% glyphosate; in more sensitive sites, cut stems off at chest height, lay lower sections on ground and apply 1.5% glyphosate over them. Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Flowering               O Y Y Y O  
Fruiting Y Y O         O O Y Y Y  
Optimum Treatment O O O O O     O Y Y O O Best before fruit develops

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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