Kiekie is a robust climbing shrub native to New Zealand with leaves that often completely obscure the trunk of the tree. Usually, the kiekie vine attaches itself by roots to the stems of trees forming dense tangles. It develops numerous canes up to 40 millimitres in diameter that produce aerial roots.
Kiekie leaves grow up to a metre in length. The very small flowers, male and female on different plants, occur during the spring. The hard-green fruits of the female flowers combine into what looks like a corn cob that matures in late summer.
Kieke has been an important food source for Māori; the sweet-tasting fruits and succulent flower bracts (tawhara) were a delicacy, and the flower petals were made into juice or jelly.