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An update on SANBI’s Invasive Species Programme
Ntombifuthi Mthimkhulu - Invasive Species Programme, SANBI
The South African National Biodiversity Institute’s Invasive Species Programme SANBI (ISP) has been involved in clearing target invasive alien plants in KwaZulu Natal since September 2010.
In order to ensure that gains made by KZN DEA were not lost the programme sponsor, Working for Water requested that SANBI ISP take over the containment of Pompom weed (Campuloclinium macrocephalum), Formosa lily (Lilium formosanum) and Famine weed (Parthenium hysterophorus) in the province as an interim measure.
However, eradication targets (category 1a NEMBA regulations) including Mauritian hemp (Furcraea foetida), Hypericum pseudohenryi, Slender arrowhead (Sagittaria species), Yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus), Water poppy (Hydrocleys nymphoides),
Bloodberry (Rivina humilis), Lollipop-climber (Diplocyclos palmatus), Ant tree (Triplaris Americana), Asian wild raspberry (Rubus ellipticus), Canarybird bush (Crotalaria agatiflora), Tussock paspalum (Paspalum quadrifarium) and Indian three-leaf vitex ( Vitex trifolia) are species that SANBI ISP are mandated (as per NEMBA regulations) to research and manage, and our clearing efforts have become increasingly focused on these species.
For more information on these species see the fact sheets below: