Erect, multi-branching prickly shrub up to 4m tall. Stems densely hairy, with scattered prickles. Leaves greyish-green on upper surface, white to yellowish green beneath, covered in dense felt-like hairs. Leaf margins irregularly lobed. Flowers star shaped, white with yellow stamens. Produces a many seeded green-yellow round fruit.
Pastures, disturbed areas, roadsides, wastelands, plantations.
Bird spread seed
Can form inpenetrable thickets, supressing pasture and inhibiting the growth of native species.
1. Report it immediately to the Auckland Council Biosecurity team, who will arrange for its control at their expense.
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