Catchment authorities are contacting on individuals to continue their combat against the introduced cat’s claw creeper, which is at present flowering in south-east Queensland.
Cat’s claw offers vivid yellow bouquets and was imported from South America in the fifties as an ornamental plant.
At first well-known in Brisbane, the creeper has escaped domestic backyard garden beds and unfold into bushland from Gympie to the Gold Coastline and as much west as Texas in the southern border location.
Naomi Edwards from the Gold Coastline Catchment Association said the weed was flourishing.
“It just loves our weather in south-east Queensland and it truly is distribute amongst all of our waterways,” she said.
Cat’s claw is a declared pest since it strangles indigenous vegetation.
Ms Edwards mentioned the weed was managed by chemical sprays or handbook elimination.
“It truly is really essential for individuals to get energetic close to this declared pest plant because it triggers plenty of impacts,” she said.
There is also a organic manage against the plant becoming utilised on the Gold Coastline.
The South American leaf-mining jewel beetle was launched in 2012.
The tiny beetle and its larvae feed on the creeper’s leaves.
The black insect is bred at a Nerang nursery, then placed in bushland overrun with cat’s claw.
Ms Edwards explained jewel beetles did not target native crops.
“There has been some concern but it is a massive program, there is heaps of science behind it and it has been a proven bio-management agent,” she stated.
Anyone who thinks they have cat’s claw on their residence is urged to contact their neighborhood council.
Subject areas: pests, setting, qld