Click on images to enlarge
naturalised plants in eastern Victoria (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
habit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
large strap-like leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of flowers (Photo: Trevor James)
young fruit (Photo: Trevor James)
immature fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
mature fruit releasing their seeds (Photo: Trevor James)
old fruit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of seeds (Photo: Steve Hurst at USDA PLANTS Database)
ornamental cultivar with variegated leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
Phormium tenax J. R. Forst. & G. Forst.
Agavaceae (Tasmania and South Australia)Phormiaceae (New South Wales)
bush flax, flax, New Zealand flax, New Zealand hemp
Native to New Zealand and Norfolk Island.
Naturalised in some parts of south-eastern Australia (i.e. naturalised in Tasmania and sparingly naturalised in south-eastern South Australia and eastern New South Wales). Possibly also naturalised in southern Victoria.
Also naturalised in Hawaii.
New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax) is regarded as an environmental weed in Tasmania and Victoria, and as a potential environmental weed or "sleeper weed" in other parts of southern Australia.
Fact sheets are available from Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) service centres and our Customer Service Centre (telephone 13 25 23). Check our website at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au to ensure you have the latest version of this fact sheet. The control methods referred to in this fact sheet should be used in accordance with the restrictions (federal and state legislation, and local government laws) directly or indirectly related to each control method. These restrictions may prevent the use of one or more of the methods referred to, depending on individual circumstances. While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this information, DEEDI does not invite reliance upon it, nor accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused by actions based on it.
Copyright © 2016. All rights reserved. Identic Pty Ltd. Special edition of Environmental Weeds of Australia for Biosecurity Queensland.
The mobile application of Environmental Weeds of Australia is available from the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes.