|Botanical Name||Asparagus scandens|
IdentificationSlender, scrambling or climbing plant. Roots tuberous. Stems 2 m long, green, much branched above. Cladodes (flattened leaf-like stem projections), three and occasionally 2, 4 or 5 at each node along main stem distinguish this species.
HabitatsLocally common. An invading vine of the forest interior, mainly occurring in areas of moderate light intensity. May infest unmodified and fully intact forest. Lowland and coastal forest and shrublands, mature broadleaf/podocarp forests especially those of light to moderate shade, streams, coastal areas, shrublands, epiphytic niches, roadsides, gravel pits/quarries, farm hedges, house gardens, wasteland areas.
Impact to Biota and EcosystemsCapacity to smother forest understory to a height of 2.5 - 5 m. Smothers ground cover and can prevent regeneration of canopy species. Ringbarks host trees, killing them. Invades epiphytic niches, replacing vulnerable species. The most problematic of the asparagus species because it is entirely shade tolerant.
Dispersal Routes, Vectors, Infestation SourcesSources of infestation originally from household plants. Berries spread by birds.
Cut stems above ground and dig out all roots and tubers.
Compost or bury in landfill.
Spray with Glyphosate + Penetrant. Avoid spray contact with other vegetation.
Spray in spring and early summer with Glyphosate.
For further information please refer to Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Fact Sheet on Climbing Plants.
This plant is prohibited from propagation, sale and distribution within New Zealand!