Invasive alien plant species are besieging our beautiful nature reserves, green spaces and gardens in and around Kenton.
In doing so they sap our water supplies, transform our landscape, increase the fire risk, injure our game and livestock and even threaten some indigenous plant species with extinction.
In order to try to assist in fighting the war with the aliens, KOSRA has contracted Busy Bee Garden Services to make a start on the Joan Muirhead Nature Reserve.
The list of invasive species is quite overwhelming so we’re concentrating our efforts on some Category 1 & 2 species we know to be found in this area, which are:
Introduced from South America as an ornamental shrub. It is infesting the coastal bush. The unripe berries and young shoots are very poisonous.
Caster oil plant
Probably originated from elsewhere in Africa. Its three-lobed seeds are extremely toxic to humans and animals.
A native of North America, Dodder are parasitic on a wide range of plants. They drain the nutrients from their host plants often killing them.
Originating in South America, it was once cultivated in gardens. It creeps and crawls along the ground and suffocates anything in its path!
Considered to be one of the world’s 10 worst weeds. A serious invader in South Africa. It becomes impenetrable and replaces indigenous plants. It can be toxic to cattle.
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