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
up to 5 m tall, or stunted in exposed sites.
- Flowers Green,
small, fragrant, 3-4 mm in diameter, with no petals. Usually in
hairy, scale-leaved racemes or panicles. The turned-back calyx
lobes are usually red-edged. Flowers May-Nov.
- Fruit Glossy
dark red, egg-shaped drupes to 7 mm long, turning black.
- Leaves Leathery,
glossy on the top surface. Elliptical or egg-shaped, up to 6 cm
long by 3 cm wide. Leaves entire or with teeth that can be blunt
or sharp toothed.
- Stems Young
shoots purplish, angled, hairy.
Scrub, forest margins
Common in and around
Auckland City and Hauraki Gulf islands, decreasing southwards
in NI. Occasional in Marlborough, Canterbury and Otago in SI.
Originally from the Mediterranean.
A serious weed in some
areas, such as on Rangitoto Island. Listed on the National
Pest Plant Accord (see Introduction for details).
of botanical name
name for a shrub; alaternus Lat. name.