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
evergreen perennial climber with tendrils on its leaves, growing
up to 2-3 m tall. Large, bell-shaped purple flowers in summer. Leaflets
in three pairs, dark green, with tendrils.
- Flowers Light
to deep purple, green at first, bell-shaped 6-7 cm long. Flowers
- Fruit Capsule
5.5-8.5 cm long, with broad seeds 10-15 mm long including the
- Leaves Leaflets
usually in three pairs (including the basal pair), with tendrils.
Each leaflet oval, 4-12 cm long by 2-5 cm wide, dark green above,
whitish underneath, with a brown stalk. Mid-rib with twining tendrils.
- Stems Angled.
Trees, shrubs, hedges
and unkempt places.
Scattered, in frost-free
localities in the Auckland region, Waikato and Wellington Province
in NI. At Karamea (Westland) in SI. Originally from Central and
Listed on the National
Pest Plant Accord (see Introduction for details).
of botanical name
Fr. Bernado Coba, 18th cent. Spanish Jesuit missionary and botanist;
scandens (Lat.) = climbing.