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 perennial that grows up to 3 m tall in supporting shrubs
or hedges. The 'leaves' are actually green, flattened cladodes that
resemble leaves. Flower small, greenish-white, followed by red berries.
- Flowers Greenish-white,
5-6 mm long, singly or in pairs in the leaf axils. Flowers July-Aug.
- Fruit Round
red berry, 6-10 mm in diameter. Two to eight black seeds, about
2 mm in diameter.
- Leaves Light
green cladodes (green, flattened stems that resemble leaves),
solitary at each node, 10-35 mm long by 4-15 mm wide, flattened,
ovate, pointed, with about seven prominent veins.
- Stems Tortuous,
green or slightly woody and brownish up to 3 m long, branches
spreading, rough angles.
- Roots White,
fleshy, tuberous, in dense underground clusters.
Hedges, coastal slopes,
road-side banks and abandoned quarries.
Common in the northern
half of NI, diminishing southwards. Found at Kerikeri and Dargaville
in North Auckland, Auckland, Hawkes Bay (Napier) and in the Manawatu.
In SI at Nelson City, Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. Originally
from South Africa.
Listed on the National
Pest Plant Accord (see Introduction for details).
of botanical name
= asparagus; asparagoides (Lat.) = asparagus-like.