Deciduous climber. Stems are woody, < 20 m long, attached to host by leaf tendrils and hang like a curtain. Leaves are pinnate and sparsely hairy. Flowers are creamy white, < 3 cm in diameter and borne in December – May. Seeds are < 3 mm long, bear distinctive white fluffy plumes and ripen in winter.
To help protect our environment:
Forests, forest and riparian margins, canopy gaps.
Seeds dispersed by wind, water and birds. Vegetative spread from stem fragments and layering. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.
Smothers canopy, often resulting in canopy collapse.
Do not attempt to undertake control of this species. Please report to Auckland Council.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.