Habitat: bank, clay, dry, grassland, gravel, hill, open, pasture, river terrace, roadside, rock outcrop, sand, shaded, sheltered, shrubland, slope, stone, terrace, track

Dispersal: Seed

  • an upright, or sometimes climbing, prickly shrub forming dense thickets and growing 1-3 m tall.
  • its stems are smooth, but armed with scattered prickles (10-15 mm long).
  • its leaves are compound, with 5-7 leaflets that have sharply toothed margins.
  • its sweetly-scented flowers (20-50 mm across) have five pink or white petals and are borne on stalks that are covered in sticky hairs.
  • its fruit is an oval or egg-shaped fleshy capsule (15-20 mm long) that turns orange or red in colour as it matures.
  • the fruit often have scattered bristles or small spines near their bases.

[From: Environmental Weeds of Australia]

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