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German wasp | Vespula germanica

German wasp

Vespula germanica

Coral bush | Ardisia crenata

Coral bush

Ardisia crenata

Purple loosestrife | Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Pom pom weed | Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Pom pom weed

Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Canarybird bush | Crotalaria agatiflora

Canarybird bush

Crotalaria agatiflora

Peanut butter cassia | Senna didymobotrya

Peanut butter cassia

Senna didymobotrya

Rubber vine | Cryptostegia grandiflora

Rubber vine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

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Black cherry

Prunus serotina

Common name:

Black cherry

Scientific name:

Prunus serotina

Alternative common names:

Wild black cherry, rum cherry, or mountain black cherry.

 

 

Black cherryis a deciduous tree, growing up to 15-30 metres tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 70-120cm.A mature black cherry can easily be identified in a forest by its very broken, dark grey to black bark, which has the appearance of very thick, burnt cornflakes.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    North America.

    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    NEM:BA Category 1b

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Gauteng and Limpopo Provinces.

    How does it spread?

    The seeds are widely dispersed by birds that eat the fruit and then excrete them. Some seeds however may remain in the soil bank and not germinate for as long as three years.

    Why is it a problem?

    Black cherry is a leading cause of livestock illness.It may also compete with indigenous trees.

    What does it look like?

    Leaves: The leaves are simple, 6-14cm long, with a serrated margin. Flowers: The flowers are small (10-15mm in diameter), with five white petals and about 20 stamens, and are fragrant. There are around 40 flowers on each raceme. Fruit/seeds: The fruit is a drupe, 1cm in diameter, green to red at first, ripening to black.

    Does the plant have any uses?

    The trees are sometimes grown as ornaments.

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General News Updates

2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasio…

26-02-2019

This is your invitation to South Africa's 2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasions. The convention is hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology (CIB), University of Stellenbosch, and the Biolo... Read more

2019 Invasive Species Training

22-01-2019

During the past five years (2014-2018), ISSA invasive species trainers have trained 4 000 in the identification of invasive species and laws pertaining to invasive species across South Africa.  ... Read more

Alien Grass Working Group

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Permits for planting indigenous Cynodon?

01-03-2018

On 16 February, 2018, South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs issued amendments to the regulations and lists relating to the National List of Invasive Species.  Updates to the draft&n... Read more

Invasive species training 2018 dates released

28-02-2018

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Communications post for Africa advertised

25-01-2018

The Nature Conservancy has advertised a brand new post:  Communications Manager, Africa Region. Knowledge of invasive species and water would be an asset in this post. See details below:    Job Titl... Read more