- Woody shrub when young, grows into climbing, leafy cactus, with branches are up to 11m (33 ft) long
- Fragrant flowers (can be lemon, sweet, or repulsive smelling) and round yellow-red berries
- Native to the West Indies and the northern coast of South America, introduced intentionally to Hawaii for horticulture (as an ornamental or for its fruit)
- Forms dense, thorny thickets in low elevations, overgrows and replaces other plants
- It is extremely thorny with spines on both the trunks and vines
- Destroys patches of forest by growing up into the canopy and smothering the trees
- Easily spread by rooting broken stem fragments as well as by birds when seeds are present
- Has become a major weed in South Africa where it is an escaped ornamental
Individual small populations have been found in Lawai, Poipu, and Aliomanu. KISC is treating opportunistically with landowner permission.
You can plant pono by reporting Barbados Gooseberry to KISC at 808-821-1490 or firstname.lastname@example.org . KISC crew members can remove it from your landscaping free of charge and help identify suitable replacements.