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Help find sleeper weeds

Posted by MichaelMulvaney

 16 Apr 2023

The ACT Government and nurseries are still promoting species that are getting a toehold in Canberra's bush. By recording weedy sightings of these plants you can contribute to the pressure to stop their further planting and save future Canberrans the angst of fighting their spread into our beloved bushland. see  



rainer wrote:
   16 Apr 2023
Excellent thanks Michael. Thanks for setting up this project. I encourage everyone to post records of these weeds to Canberra Nature Map.
Mike wrote:
   18 Apr 2023
I have recorded nine of these species (not the pears) over the last nine years. Should I record them again for a time-line as most of them are still there? I did manage to persuade the rangers to tackle some of the Arbutus unedo with a chainsaw.
   18 Apr 2023
Mike - existing records are accessed as part of this project and informing the case for removal of species from promoted planting list. There are 34 records for Strawberry tree so it already seems a no brainer for removal from landscape list. However if some of your plants have not been removed or have resrpouted or re-appeared from seed it would be good to have the time-line of their existence
Mike wrote:
   21 Apr 2023
We will never get rid of agapanthus. I was told years ago it would not spread by seed in Canberra but some I have found appeared to be seedlings. Agapanthus is still being sold in garden centres as Agapanthus africanus but South African Biodiversity Institute http://pza.sanbi.org/agapanthus-praecox says "Many gardeners and even some authors of publications mistakenly call the agapanthus in cultivation A. africanus. This is almost certainly incorrect. A. africanus is a winter rainfall plant and is difficult in cultivation, needing very well-drained soil, hot, dry summers and wet winters. Practically all the evergreen agapanthus in cultivation in the world, are hybrids or cultivars of A. praecox."

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