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
shrub up to 2 m or more tall, with bright yellow composite flowers
in clusters and smooth, leathery, entire leaves.
- 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).
of botanical name
(Gr.) = like chrysanthemum; monilifera (Lat.) bearing