If you mention Morning Glory Vine to most Aussies they'll wrinkle up their nose in disdain.
In many places Australian bushland and rainforest is fast disappearing under a dense blanket of this vine.
It quickly spreads by way of long creeping stems, twining around and over other plants and gradually smothering them completely by denying them the ability to photosynthesise.
as you can witness here.
The species of Morning Glory commonly occurring in Brisbane and around Brisbane’s rainforest remnants are Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea indica) and Common Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea), both of which originated from America.
Blue Morning Glory has large dark blue-purple funnel shaped flowers and Common Morning Glory has white or pink/purple flowers which usually unravel into full bloom in the early morning.
Now all of that background information is to prepare you for a surprise sighting I made recently as I travelled to an appointment at 9:00am along a fairly busy road in a bushy area between suburbs in the outer area of Brisbane where I live .
It was so amazing that Tony and I returned to take some photos to show you.
This required us to park the car and walk back along the road behind a safety barrier.
The safety barrier is there because there is a steep drop off the side of the road to a gulley and lots of yukky, rough bush.
but if you keep walking round the bend you come to a more open area
and this !
The gulley has been taken over by Morning Glory.
and in the morning sunlight it was truely a glorious sight.
A sea of blue, blue flowers covers the ground and the trees.
Now that it has such a hold here it will be very hard to eradicate before it kills all the other vegetation including the trees.
However, it puts on lovely show doesn't it?
PS. Tony and I took all these photos in that one small area. Isn't it amazing that you can find these little gems just around the corner if you just keep your eyes open ?