What The HEC | Have you seen this weed?

Keep an eye out for the invasive weed Muraltia heisteria, threatening biodiversity across high rainfall areas of the Adelaide Hills. It looks very much like it could be a native plant, but it is not! Thank you to Cat Austin from Landscapes Hills & Fleurieu and Anthony Abley from National Parks & Wildlife, for visiting the HEC last week to alert and inform us about this nasty local weed.

Muraltia is a native of Southern Africa and is known to outcompete native plants reducing habitat for local flora and fauna species. There are now a number of populations established in the Norton Summit/Ashton area.

It is spread through water runoff, earth moving/garden machinery, humans and animals and the fruit easily sticks to fur and clothing. Smaller plants can be hand pulled or cut and swabbed with herbicide. For larger infestations spot spraying and preventing seed set (late November/December) and following up every year until the seed bank is exhausted, may be more appropriate. Fire encourages seeds to germinate, and prescribed burning might be integral to a control program.

Please visit the HEC for further information including a map of identified populations in the area and a sample plant in our herbarium to help you with identification. If you have any Muraltia in your garden or have seen this plant anywhere, please repot to Landscapes SA H&F 08 8391 7500 hf.landscapeboard@sa.gov.au

IT’S VITAL TO ACT NOW AND STOP THE SPREAD OF MURALTIA!

Have you seen this weed?

Latest Posts

Event
Elaine Anderson

Compassion Cafe

Wednesday 26th June, open 11 – 1 pm at the Hills Environment Centre Please join me at the Hills Environment Centre for a new iniative:

Read More »
Event
Elaine Anderson

Give a Sheet for the Planet

Join the eco-revolution by recycling your old, unwanted household linens at the Adelaide Hills Council Southern Works Depot on Saturday, May 25. This Adelaide wide

Read More »
Event
Elaine Anderson

Compassion Cafe

Are you experiencing climate anxiety? Do you look around at the state of our world and despair. Many of us are feeling this way. There

Read More »