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Acaenia anserinifolia - (J.R.Forst.&G.Forst.)Druce.

Common Name Pirri-Pirri Bur
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open positions from lowland to the montane zone in North, South and Stewart Islands of New Zealand[44].
Range Eastern Australia, New Zealand. Naturalized in Britain[17].
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Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Acaenia anserinifolia Pirri-Pirri Bur


Acaenia anserinifolia Pirri-Pirri Bur

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Acaenia anserinifolia is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from June to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

A. novae-zelandiae. A. sanguisorbae.

Plant Habitats

 Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Tea

The leaves are used as a substitute for tea[2, 144, 173, 183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antiphlogistic  Diuretic  Vulnerary

The leaves are antiphlogistic, carminative, diuretic and vulnerary[61].

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Other Uses

A good ground-cover plant, tolerating some treading[200]. A carpeting plant, rooting as it spreads[208].

Special Uses

Ground cover

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in ordinary well-drained soil in sun or semi-shade[133, 200]. Requires a warm position[208]. Adaptable to poorly-drained soils in Australia[157]. A very invasive plant, spreading freely by its procumbent rooting stems[K]. It is low-growing, however, and so can be grown as a ground cover amongst taller plants[K].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow March in a greenhouse. Germination, which can be very poor, usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 10°c[133]. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots, planting them out in the summer. Division in April or October. Very easy, the plants can be divided at any time of the year if required, though it will need to be done in a greenhouse during the winter months. Cuttings - August in a cold frame.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

(J.R.Forst.&G.Forst.)Druce.

Botanical References

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