White Bryony

Eurasia, North Africa

General description

Soft, climbing, cucumber-like perennial vine < 6 m tall with curling tendrils. Tubers are large, brittle and branching. Leaves are < 15 x 15 cm and five-lobed. Flowers are tubular, < 2 cm long and white with green stripes. Fruits are smooth, round, fleshy and yellow ripening to red.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell white bryony. As white bryony is a National Pest Plant Accord species, these restrictions apply within the Auckland region and across the whole of New Zealand.
If you see white bryony anywhere, you must report it to the Ministry of Primary Industries on 0800 80 99 66.

Disturbed forest, shrubland, riparian margins, cliffs, rocky outcrops, plantations, fence lines.

Seeds dispersed by birds. Vegetative spread from tuber fragments, dispersed by water and soil movement. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and movement of contaminated soil.

Smothers and suppresses native vegetation. Fruit and tubers may be toxic to humans.

Site Management

Recommended approaches

Do not attempt to undertake control of this species. The Ministry of Primary Industries will carry out the control of this species.

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Search tags

RPMP status

National Pest Plant Accord Species
Notifiable Organism
White bryony - Main species image