Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Exotic

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable

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Rounded Global Status Rank: GNR - Not Yet Ranked

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Wikipedia

Acaena novae-zelandiae

Acaena novae-zelandiae (bidi-bidi,[1] biddy-biddy,[2] or bidgee-widgee[3]) is an ornamental plant[4] 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.[3][5] The common name bidi-bidi is a corruption of the Māori name for this plant, piripiri.[1]

Historical Uses[edit]

Bidgee-widgee was used as a tea substitute by early explorers.

Characteristics[edit]

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.

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Names and Taxonomy

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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