Perennial, scrambling, mat-forming, herbaceous vine < 1 m tall or climbing to < 10 m. Rhizomes are stout. Leaves are ovate, lanceolate or elliptic, < 16 x 8 cm and smooth or covered in stiff hairs. Flowers are small, white/pink and borne in inflorescences in autumn.
To help protect our environment:
Forests, riparian margins, grasslands, disturbed sites, crops, roadsides, urban areas.
Seeds dispersed by birds. Vegetative spread from stem and root fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.
Forms dense mats, smothering native vegetation and suppressing seedling recruitment.
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.