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
(semi-evergreen in cold districts), woody, rampant perennial climber
twining clockwise, smothering all vegetation beneath. Very attractive,
sweetly-scented, tubular white flowers. Oval leaves in opposite
- Flowers White,
ageing to yellow, tinged pink, tubular, two-lipped flowers about
4 cm long. Usually in pairs in the leaf axils. Flowers very sweet-scented.
- Fruit Glossy-black,
egg-shaped berries 5-7 mm in diameter. Seeds about 2 mm in diameter.
- Leaves In
opposite pairs, short-stalked or stalkless. Early spring-produced
leaves are waved or lobed, summer leaves are entire, oval up to
12 cm long by 6 cm wide.
- Stems Purplish,
hairy, very long, tough, wiry.
Fences, hedges, trees,
banks, forest margins and clearings.
Common to abundant
throughout NI, especially in Auckland Province; less common and
decreasing southwards in SI. Originally from east Asia.
Very attractive climber
when flowering. Originally an escape from cultivation. Listed
on the National Pest Plant Accord
(see Introduction for details).
of botanical name
after Adam Lonitzer, 16th cent. German botanist; japonica
(Lat.) = Japanese.