invasive plants

Collection by Minesh Sookamdev

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Bugweed | Solanum mauritianum

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Bugweed | Solanum mauritianum

A shrub or small tree up to 4m high covered with whitish-felty hairs. Dull green leaves that are velvety above and white-felty beneath which emit a strong smell when bruised. Purple flowers in compact, terminal clusters on densely felty stalks up to 10cm long all year round. Spherical berries which start off green and turn yellow, in compact terminal clusters. Hairy leaves and stems are a respiratory tract and skin irritant. Unripe fruits are poisonous

Giant reed | Arundo donax - not in my garden but close.Competes with and replaces indigenous species. It forms very dense stands on riverbanks and in riverbeds which results in the narrowing of water channels, increased siltation and the exclusion of smaller and less vigorous riverbank species. Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 1 Proposed legislation: NEMBA – Category 1b

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Giant reed | Arundo donax

A tall and vigorous aquatic reed growing 2-6m high spreading from horizontal rootstocks.

Balloon vine | Cardiospermum grandiflorum

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Balloon vine | Cardiospermum grandiflorum

Balloon vine is a perennial, slightly woody climber with tendrils 2-5m or higher, often draping itself over trees.

Peanut butter cassia | Senna didymobotrya - sometimes appears in our garden. Competes with indigenous species. Poisonous. CARA 2002 – Category 1 Hyperlink legislation NEMBA – a. 1b in Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpop, Mpumalanga and Western Cape. b. Not listed elsewhere.

Castor-oil plant | Ricinus communis

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Castor-oil plant | Ricinus communis

annual shrub or small tree,shiny, dark green or reddish leaves,Upper flowers are reddish and lower flowers cream,poisonous

Black wattle | Acacia mearnsii

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Black wattle | Acacia mearnsii

An evergreen tree growing 5-10m high, black wattle has dark olive-green finely hairy leaves.

Common pampas grass | Cortaderia selloana

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Pampas grass | Cortaderia selloana

Vigorous, tussock grass up to 3,5m in diameter, with flowering stalks up to 4m high. Greyish- or bluish-green leaves with rough margins.

Bailey’s wattle | Acacia baileyana

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Bailey’s wattle | Acacia baileyana

A small evergreen tree, growing 3-6m in height with branchlets covered in greyish or silvery-blue foliage.

Cotoneaster | Cotoneaster glaucophyllus

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Cotoneaster | Cotoneaster glaucophyllus

An upright or arching shrub (usually growing 3-5m tall) with many branching stems.

Cat's claw creeper | Dolichandra unguis-cati

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Cat's claw creeper | Dolichandra unguis-cati

An invasive evergreen climber, climbing as high as 9m with claw-like tendrils between the bright green oblong to lance-shaped leaves, which have a terminal, three-part, claw-like tendril.

Bramble | Rubus flagellaris

Invasive Species South Africa - Protecting Biodiversity from Invasion - Bramble | Rubus flagellaris

Bramble is a perennial subshrub species with long, low-growing stems and thorns about 1.5mm long.