Regularity: Regularly occurring
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable
Acaena novae-zelandiae (bidi-bidi, biddy-biddy, bidgee-widgee, or piri-piri-bur) is an ornamental plant native to New Zealand and Australia. It can also be found elsewhere as an introduced species, and is considered a noxious weed in some areas, such as Hawaii and California. The common name bidi-bidi is a corruption of the Māori name for this plant, piripiri.
Bidgee-widgee was used as a tea substitute by early explorers.
Bidgee-widgee is a prostrate herb. One plant can cover up to 4-5 square meters in favorable conditions. A burr is left after the flowers fall.
- Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand
- Acaena novae-zelandiae at USDA Plants Database Profile
- GRIN Species Profile
- "BSBI List 2007" (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
- Wood, John (2006). Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers. Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation.
- Jepson Manual Treatment
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Names and Taxonomy
Comments: Kartesz (1999) uses the spelling Acaena novae-zelandica which is presumed to be an error. The International Plant Index (as of March 2011) and Hickman (1993) spell it A. novae-zelandiae.
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