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
erect, woody, evergreen perennial. Coastal shrub and hedge plant
up to 6 m tall, with strong spines at the tips of the branches.
Flowers white or pale mauve, followed by 10 mm wide orange-red berries.
Whitish to pale mauve, 10-12 mm in diameter, slender corolla tube
10-13 mm long. Flowers Jul-Mar.
Poisonous orange-red round berries 5-12
mm in diameter. Seeds dispersed by birds.
Narrow, oblong, up to 40 mm long by 12 mm wide, hairless, almost
stalkless. Alternate on young shoots, in clusters on mature stems.
Tough, woody, alternately branched, with strong 13 mm terminal
waste places, sand dunes and coastal places.
Common as stock-proof
hedging in dairying districts of coastal Auckland and Taranaki
in NI. Occasional in coastal localities in SI as far south as
Foveaux Strait. Originally from South Africa.
Used as an excellent
hedging plant in some areas, and rarely spreads into good pasture,
but is a troublesome weed in some broken country. Subject to Pest
Plant Management Strategies in several regions of NZ. Details
are available from individual regional councils or unitary authorities.
name for a thorny tree; ferocissimum (Lat.) = very savage.