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Book cover - Common Weeds of New ZealandAn Illustrated Guide to
Common Weeds
of New Zealand


Chrysanthemoides monilifera


Chrysanthemoides monilifera - boneseedReproduced from
Common Weeds of New Zealand
by Ian Popay, Paul Champion & Trevor James
ISBN 0 473 09760 5
by kind permission of the
New Zealand Plant Protection Society

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Bushy, much-branched shrub up to 2 m or more tall, with bright yellow composite flowers in clusters and smooth, leathery, entire leaves.Chrysanthemoides monilifera - boneseed

  • Flowers Bright yellow, 25-30 mm in diameter, in loose branched corymbs. Individual flowers with five to six ray florets 13 mm long and numerous disk florets. Flowers Sep-Feb.
  • Fruit Almost round, green drupes 6-9 mm in diameter, very hard with a thin fleshy covering. Turning black when ripe.
  • Leaves Smooth, leathery, oval to elliptical, up to 7 cm long by 3.5 cm wide, irregularly serrate with three to nine teeth per side. Leaf tips pointed or blunt.
  • Stems Ribbed, woolly when young, but soon becoming smooth.


Coastal cliffs, waste places, scrubland and road-sides.


Frequent in coastal NI localities, and also in Nelson City, Port Hills (Christchurch) and Otago Peninsula in SI. Originally from south-west Cape area of South Africa.


A common weed in Australia and seems to be increasing in NZ. Listed on the National Pest Plant Accord (see Introduction for details).

Derivation of botanical name

Chrysanthemoides (Gr.) = like chrysanthemum; monilifera (Lat.) bearing a necklace.

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Last updated: July 13, 2014