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Book cover - Common Weeds of New ZealandAn Illustrated Guide to
Common Weeds
of New Zealand


Anredera cordifolia
Madeira vine


Reproduced from
Common Weeds of New Zealand
by Ian Popay, Paul Champion & Trevor James
ISBN 0 473 09760 5
by kind permission of the
New Zealand Plant Protection Society

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Anredera cordifolia - Madeira vine

Rhizomatous, twining, smothering perennial vine with 3-7 m long stems.

  • Flowers White, fragrant, numerous, tube-shaped, in simple or two- to four-branched, hanging racemes about 18 cm long. Flowers Jan-Apr.
  • Fruit Not formed in New Zealand.
  • Leaves Almost stalkless, 2-11 cm long by 1.75-10 cm wide, broadly ovate in outline, margins often turned inwards. Leaves slightly succulent, shining, with heart-shaped base and blunt apex.
  • Stems Climbing, slender, often reddish, bearing small tubers in axils.
  • Roots Rhizomes.


Gardens, hedges, waste land, scrubland and coastal gullies.


Occasional in NI from North Auckland, south to Hawkes Bay and the Manawatu. On Port Hills near Christchurch in SI, and the Kermadecs. Originally from tropical South America.


Spreads by pieces of rhizome and stem tubers. Listed on the National Pest Plant Accord (see Introduction for details).

Derivation of name

Anredera (derivation unknown); cordifolia (Lat.) = with heart-shaped leaves.


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WeedbustersWeedbusters 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.
Weed keyNew Zealand Weeds Key
An interactive identification key to the weeds of New Zealand. Developed at Landcare Research.

New Zealand Plant Conservation Network naturalised plants
Search for information on more than 2500 naturalised and weedy plants.
NZ Plant Protection SocietyNew 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."
Massey UniversityMassey 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.

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