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Chilean rhubarb

Chilean rhubarb  Gunnera tinctoria

Photo: RPS Group Plc


  • Appearance: Perennial terrestrial plant, huge leathery leaves up to 2 m in height, leaf stalks have short pale spines.


  • Growth: Fast-growing, forms dense stands. Spread through small fragments or seeds.


  • Impact: Can dominate and outcompete native plants and can destroy habitats of high ecological importance


  • Pathway: Originally a garden ornamental plant that has spread, been deliberately planted or escaped into the wild.




  • What to do if you see Chilean rhubarb for sale or other offences being committed: Make a report by following the guidance here.


  • What to do if you see this plant in the wild: Record it with a photograph (where possible).