Acaena novae-zelandiae

Acaena novae-zelandiae_C226-04
Photo: UC Davis Weeds of California

Common names: biddy-biddy

Acaena novae-zelandiae (biddy-biddy) is a herb/subshrub (stem succulent) (family Rosaceae) with white flowers found in the coastal ranges of California. A pale reddish colored burr is left after the flowers fall. It is native to Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea. It favors dunes, grasslands, and scrub and chaparral habitat. It can spreads via roots and by stem fragments. It disperses by burrs attaching to the fur and feathers of animals and clothing of humans.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: -*?


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Other Acaena novae-zelandiae Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
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    Acaena novae-zelandiae_biddy-biddy_Bob Case_cropped
    Acaena novae-zelandiae (biddy-biddy) inflorescence and leaves. Photo: Bob Case