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Common Weeds of New Zealand
The word "weed" is not a botanical term that applies to any specific type of plants, but rather it is a cultural bias that can be applied to any plant that grows where it is not wanted. Weeds can be plants that were intentionally introduced, but escaped cultivation to grow wild. Or they can be unwanted plants that were accidentally introduced with other seeds or merely hitch-hiked a ride on clothes, livestock, or other baggage. Some weeds are rather useless from a human perspective, while others have wonderful edible, medicinal, or utilitatarian properties. Most weeds integrate well with other plants in a new ecosystem, but some species become invasive, crowding out native plants. New Zealand has it all.