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
vigorous perennial climber up to 5 m or more tall. Broken parts
exude a sticky milky latex. White, fragrant, bell-shaped flowers,
followed by large, pear-shaped pods containing kapok-like material
surrounding the black seeds.
- Flowers White,
pinkish in bud, bell-shaped, fragrant, 20-25 mm in diameter, with
five petals. Moths, butterflies and bees are attracted to and
trapped in the flowers. Flowers Dec-May.
- Fruit Large
pear-shaped pods up to 10 cm long by 7 cm across, containing a
mass of kapok-like pappus and many wind dispersed black seeds,
each 7-8 mm long.
- Leaves Dark
green, thick, triangular, up to 12 cm long by 6 cm wide. Smooth
on the upper surface and greyish-downy underneath.
Downy, flexible, twining, scrambling to more than 5 m long.
- Roots Rhizomatous.
Hedges, trees, stony
banks, cliffs, unkempt areas and waste places.
Common in some parts
of northern NI. Also found at Blenheim in SI. Originally from
south Brazil and Argentina.
A garden escape, becoming
increasingly common. Listed on the National
Pest Plant Accord (see Introduction for details).
of botanical name
Antonio de Matos Araujo, 19th cent. Portuguese plant collector;
sericifera (Lat.) = silk-bearing (either of the seeds,
or of the white hairs on young shoots and under the leaves).