Came across this further along on the same roadside verge as previous observation, Christchurch. Interesting looking leaves on this one, immature plant. Most likely self seeded.
Common in coastal herbfields
New spring growth
One of several seedlings in an out-of-the-way corner of a garden on the western side of the library.
Probably planted somewhere nearby but now naturalized.
Araliaceae is a family of flowering plants, also known as the Aralia family (after its type genus Aralia) or ivy family. The family includes 254 species of trees, shrubs, lianas and perennial herbaceous plants in two subfamilies. Species usually bear pinnately or palmately compound leaves, and usually have small flowers produced in large panicles.