Scientific Name:
Elaeagnus ×reflexa C.Morren & Decne. (1836)
Vernacular Name(s):

Vigorous, often ± scrambling, dense shrub; stems to c. 20 m long, covered in peltate or stellate scales. Young shoots, petioles and lf midrib beneath with brown scales; older branches often spiny. Petiole 5–13 mm long. Lamina 4.5–9 × 1.5–4 cm, elliptic, soon becoming glabrous above, with silvery scales beneath, usually dotted with brown scales, sometimes densely covered in brown scales; margins undulate to almost flat; base rounded; apex obtuse, acute or shortly acuminate. Fascicles few-flowered; fls fragrant, ± pendulous. Pedicels 3–7 mm long, densely covered in brown scales. Calyx 10–13 mm long, abruptly constricted above ovary, covered with mostly silvery and few brown scales outside; lobes 2–4 mm long, triangular, acutely ribbed at base in bud. Stamens inserted at apex of tube; filaments very short, hidden behind anthers. Style slightly > calyx tube. Fr. 1.5–1.8 × 0.8–1 cm, oblong, pale reddish orange, with silver and brown scales. Seed 8-ribbed.

[From: Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Mar.–May.

Biosecurity New Zealand 2012: Regional Pest Management Strategies Database.
Howell, C. 2008: Consolidated list of environmental weeds in New Zealand. DOC Research & Development Series 292: 42.