Story: Weeds of the bush

Banana passionfruit

Banana passionfruit

Banana passionfruit (Passiflora mollissima) smothers native bush (left) at Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough. Individual plants can climb higher than 10 metres and spread over 100 square metres. The flowers are pink, and the fruit, which ripen from green to yellow like bananas, grow 5–10 centimetres long. These climbing plants threaten native bush, smothering trees and shrubs away from the usual domain of weeds – the bush edge and open areas.

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Reference: 10048963 (left); 10051355 (right)

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Bob Brockie, 'Weeds of the bush - Vines and scramblers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 18 Apr 2016