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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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An update on SANBI’s Invasive Species Programme clearing activities in KZN

An update on SANBI’s Invasive Species Programme clearing activities in KZN
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 DAEA were not lost the programme sponsor, Working for Water, requested that SANBI ISP take over the containment of Campuloclinium macrocephalum, Lilium formosanum and Parthenium hysterophorus in the province as an interim measure.  However, eradication targets (category 1a: NEMBA regulations) including Furcraea foetida, Hypericum pseudohenryi, Sagittaria species, Iris pseudacorus, Hydrocleys nymphoides, Rivina humilis, Diplocyclos palmatus, Triplaris americana, Rubus ellipticus, Crotalaria agatiflora, Paspalum quadrfarium and Vitex trifolia are species that SANBI ISP are mandated (as per the NEMBA regulations) to research and manage, and our clearing efforts have become increasingly focused on these species. Here I report on the progress made with containment of species, challenges of dealing with eradication targets and plans for the upcoming year.

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