Scrambling or climbing perennial. Roots are tuberous and fleshy. Stems are < 2 m long, green and much branched. Leaves are scale-like, thin and dry. Cladodes are leaf-like, usually 3 per node and spreading in one plane. Flowers are white and solitary. Berry is spherical and red.
To help protect our environment:
Forest, shrublands, can grow as epiphyte, forest margins, wasteland, scrub, hedgerows.
Seeds dispersed by birds. Vegetative spread from tubers.
Smothers native vegetation and prevents seedling establishment. Reduces native plant abundance and species richness and facilitates weed invasion. May increase erosion through canopy loss.
Cut and pull vines away from desirable trees and native plants before foliar spraying. Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.
Do not attempt to undertake control of this species on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group. Please report to Auckland Council if seen on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.