Illustrated Guide to
of New Zealand
Weeds of New Zealand
by Ian Popay, Paul Champion & Trevor James
ISBN 0 473 09760 5
by kind permission of the
Zealand Plant Protection Society
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of the publication Common Weeds of New Zealand must always
Available from Touchwood
twining, smothering perennial vine with 3-7 m long stems.
- Flowers White,
fragrant, numerous, tube-shaped, in simple or two- to four-branched,
hanging racemes about 18 cm long. Flowers Jan-Apr.
- Fruit Not
formed in New Zealand.
- Leaves Almost
stalkless, 2-11 cm long by 1.75-10 cm wide, broadly ovate in outline,
margins often turned inwards. Leaves slightly succulent, shining,
with heart-shaped base and blunt apex.
- Stems Climbing,
slender, often reddish, bearing small tubers in axils.
- Roots Rhizomes.
Gardens, hedges, waste
land, scrubland and coastal gullies.
Occasional in NI from
North Auckland, south to Hawkes Bay and the Manawatu. On Port
Hills near Christchurch in SI, and the Kermadecs. Originally from
tropical South America.
Spreads by pieces of
rhizome and stem tubers. Listed on the National
Pest Plant Accord (see Introduction for details).
unknown); cordifolia (Lat.) = with heart-shaped leaves.