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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deciduous shrub or small tree up to 6 m tall, with distinctive orange-coloured
aril surrounding the seeds.
Greenish-yellow, 8-10 mm in diameter, with four narrow, widely
separated petals. Flowers in long-stalked, two- to fifteen-flowered,
flat- or convex-topped inflorescences with forked branches. Flowers
Deep pink, four-lobed capsules, that spring open to expose the
bright orange aril covering the seeds.
In opposite pairs, oval to elliptical, up to 10 cm long, stalks
up to 12 mm long, finely-toothed, pointed. Turning red in autumn.
Young twigs four-angled, green. Mature bark grey and smooth.
Scrubland, forest margins,
hedges and waste places.
Occasional in NI at
Palmerston North and Levin. Common in lowland Marlborough, Canterbury
and Dunedin in SI. Originally from Europe to Caucasia.
Said to be poisonous,
but that poisoning is rare.
Japanese spindle tree
(Euoymus japonicus) is an evergreen shrub or small tree
up to 7 m tall, distinguished from spindle tree (Euonymus
europaeus) by its rounded, unlobed capsules. Found in scrubland
and waste places. Common in Auckland City, has also been found
in Levin and Pukerua Bay, Wellington. Only found in NI. Subject
to Pest Plant Management Strategies in several regions of NZ.
Details are available from individual regional councils or unitary
of botanical name
name of plant; europaeus (Lat.) = of Europe.
On this site
Reproduced from Common Weeds
of New Zealand:
- Weedbusters is a weeds awareness and education programme that aims to
protect New Zealand's environment from the increasing weed problem.
- A free tool to assist farmers and agricultural professionals in decision-making regarding weed and pest identification, biology, impact and management.
- New Zealand Weeds Key
- An interactive identification key to the weeds of New Zealand. Developed at Landcare Research.
Zealand Plant Conservation Network naturalised plants
- Search for information on more than 2500 naturalise and weedy plants.
Zealand Plant Protection Society
- Their main objective: "To pool and exchange information on the biology
of weeds, invertebrate and vertebrate pests, pathogens and beneficial organisms
and methods for modifying their effects."
University Weeds Database
- A site providing information about New Zealand weeds and weed control.
It has a series of pages showing pictures of New Zealand weeds, notes on
identification and control. It also provides information on a university
paper entitled Controlling Weeds.
- Weeds in Australia
- Weeds website of the Australian Government.
Society of Victoria
- Promoting wider awareness and interest in weeds and their management.
Includes a useful page of links
to other weed societies.
Valley Weeds Strategy
- Listing of common and botanical names, images, and information including
control methods for weeds found in Tasmania, and also weeds of national significance.
and Exotic Species of North America
- Images and other information from the University of Georgia.
- Weed-related resources including weed science, practical tools, gardening
tips about controlling weeds, and environmental news updates.
Species Specialist Group
- "The ISSG aims to reduce threats to natural ecosystems and the native
species they contain by increasing awareness of invasive alien species,
and of ways to prevent, control or eradicate them."
- Site that includes a comprehensive collection of weed images from around
on Weeds from FetchBook.Info