Category: weeds

Stealing into Australia: our new pests, year-by-year

As long as Australia has weak biosecurity laws dangerous new environmental invaders will continue to steal into our country. They come in many forms, as weedy garden species, hidden in cargo ships or even brought in and sold as ‘pets’. In the invasion timeline below we’ve listed new invasive species we know have been found…

Careful where you tread! Pseudoscleropodium purum is an invasive moss that reproduces by fragmentation, making it easy to spread.

A cautious bushcarer gathers no moss

To the untrained eye this moss in the foothills of Hobart’s kunanyi/Mt Wellington looks like a natural part of the landscape, but dig a little deeper and you’ll discover it holds a nasty little secret.

Morning Glory

Weeds

Exotic vines do especially well in disturbed environments in subtropical and tropical regions. This is morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) growing in the Blackall Range, southeast Queensland. Like most of Australia’s invasive vines, it was introduced as a garden plant. Photo courtesy Barry Traill

Invasive species – national priorities 2016

Seven national priorities for invasive species reform that deliver long-term cost savings, stem biodiversity losses and enhance agricultural productivity.