Weeds

Montpelier & English Broom

Broom

Garden invaders are spreading through the bush and onto farms and roadsides.

English Broom and Montpelier Broom are two weeds that are prolific around Gowrie Park and both are increasing in numbers all over Kentish. They are both classified as Weeds of National Significance.

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Kunzea Ericoides

Although Kunzea Ericoides is native to mainland Australia (Victoria, NSW and Queensland) and New Zealand, it is not found naturally in Tasmania and can be a very invasive species. It is similar in appearance to Leptospermum Scoparium (tea tree), and is often assumed to be a native here. The Tasmanian species, however, is Kunzea Ambigua (or tick bush) - this is highly scented and valued for its essential oil.

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Spanish Heath

Spanish Heath

Spanish Heath is a declared weed (must be controlled on the land where it is growing) and has the ability to invade pastures and bushland areas.

It is a woody shrub commonly found on road edges and other disturbed sites. It flowers from late Autumn to early Summer, with numerous, small, white flowers which are tubular in shape with pink tinged buds. Leaves are light green, narrow and soft to the touch. You can easily distinguish this weed from the native heaths which have leaves that are tough and spiky and generally fewer but larger flowers.

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Willows

CLASS 'A' WEED of NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE

Introduced from Europe, Willows are one of the most serious riparian and wetland weeds in Kentish.

Willows were listed in 1999 as one of twenty Weeds of National Significance and therefore require control under the Weed Management Act 1999. Failure to do so is an offence and can attract infringement fines up to $10,000.

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