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
with dark green, evergreen leaves and shoots attached to support
by aerial rootlets. The small, greenish flowers are followed by
Yellowish-green petals which are 3-5 mm long. Flowers Mar-May.
Deep bluish-purple to black when ripe, 5-8 mm in diameter, two
or three seeded.
Dark green or variegated ivory-white, 3-15 cm long, with very
Up to 30 m long, creeping climber, becoming stouter and more erect
at flowering. Attached to support by means of aerial rootlets.
Waste places, river-beds,
stream banks, cliffs, often climbing over trees and fences.
NI. In Nelson, Canterbury, Marlborough and Otago Peninsula in
SI. Also Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island. Originally from temperate
Europe and Asia.
Both berries and foliage
can be poisonous, but no poisoning of
livestock or children has been recorded in NZ. Sometimes planted
as a ground-cover plant. Subject to a Pest Plant Management Strategy
in one or more regions. Check with the regional council for details.
of botanical name
name for the plant; helix (Gr. and Lat.) = spirally twisted