Acaena novae-zelandiae

Acaena novae-zelandiae photographed at Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, Sussex, UK

Acaena novae-zelandiae is an evergreen perennial which grows to 4 in (10 cm) high. The leaflet upper surfaces are dull and sparsely to densely covered with silky hairs. The minute flowers are clustered into balls at the end of erect stems, summer. On ripening fruits are formed having spiny hooks, these attach themselves to fur or clothing. It is a member of the rose family.

Acaena novae-zelandiae forms large patches in lowland to lower montane tussock-grassland and open places throughout New Zealand.

Hebes Y  NZ Plants A  NZ Plants B

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