Colletia cruciata Gill.&Hook.
Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
A nearly leafless shrub that grows slowly to 2-3 m tall with oppositely-arranged flattened 50 mm wide triangular spine-tipped gray-green photosynthetic stems (cladodes) that resemble a ship’s anchor. Small creamy-white lightly-fragrant flowers at the stem joints bloom in late summer or fall. New growth has small leaves that are present only briefly.
Seedlings found near planted garden specimen near Whanganui
Uruguay, western Argentina and southern Brazil
Reason for introduction
colletia: The genus name honors French botanist Philibert Collet (1643-1718).
paradoxa: From Greek ‘paradoxos’ = unexpected, strange, marvellous
Fact sheet prepared by C C Ogle, 9 Dec. 2014