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
or climbing perennial, with feathery cladodes (green, flattened
stems that resemble leaves) usually in threes at each node. Flowers
small, solitary, white, followed by red berries.
- Flowers White,
rarely pale pink, 3-4 mm long, solitary in leaf axils. Flowers
- Fruit Round
red berry about 8 mm in diameter, with a solitary round black
seed about 4 mm in diameter.
- Leaves Narrow
lance-shaped, flattened, curved cladodes usually in threes at
each node, 5-15 mm long by 0.8-1.5 mm wide, one noticeably longer.
- Stems Green,
strongly binding to its support, much-branched at the top, up
to 2 m long.
- Roots Tuberous.
Forest remnants, regenerating
forest, grassy places, rock walls and hedges.
In NI only, at Whangarei,
Woodhill Forest, Auckland City, Wanganui, Wellington. Originally
from South Africa.
Listed on the National
Pest Plant Accord (see Introduction for details).
of botanical name
= asparagus; scandens (Lat.) = climbing.