An uncommon but nasty weed has been spotted at two sites in Matakana and Auckland Council Biosecurity want locals to keep their eyes peeled.
Climbing spindleberry stems strangle host plants and can also form dense, impenetrable thickets.
The plant can grow to 12 metres and climb to the top of most canopies, causing them to collapse.
Climbing spindleberry is classified as a ‘total control pest plant’, which means council will control the weed at their cost, whether it is on public or private land.
Biosecurity team manager Phil Brown says the council aims to eradicate the species from the Auckland region.
“It’s vital we know about any new sites of climbing spindleberry, so we can control it. It is important people do not try to control it themselves as it may spread it further,” he says.
Climbing spindleberry is deciduous with yellow-orange berries.
Leaves are serrated and spaced out on the vine.
Leaves will be turning yellow and dropping at this time of year, making the plant easier to spot.
The plant grows 5 to 10 cm long and tapers to a point.
“Luckily, it is quite a distinctive looking vine, unlike other species in Auckland, which helps to identify it,” says Mr Brown.
Please report suspected sightings to Auckland Council Biosecurity on 09 301 0101 or firstname.lastname@example.org with details and a photo if possible.