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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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Parthenium invades North West Province Featured

Researchers from the Agricultural Research Council’s Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI) recorded outbreaks of parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus) in North West Province during a survey in 2006. However, it has been known from the region as early as 1995, when parthenium winter rust (Puccinia abrupta var partheniicola) was detected.

Parthenium is currently targeted for control by the Department of Environmental Affairs who have several projects running in northern KwaZulu-Natal where this weed is becoming a major problem. A two-page parthenium identification kit is being developed which will assist fieldworkers to identify this plant during control operations.

This invasive weed was photographed on 21 February 2013 in the township of Maboloka, approximately 30km north-east of Brits. It was in full flower and dense stands were photographed around the post office and shopping centre. It is also known to occur around several localities in and around the town of Brits, as well as Rustenburg.

Parthenium is a category 1 declared weed. Parthenium is of national health concern, as exposure can result in acute allergies such as skin rashes and blisters, as well as aggravated asthma attacks. It is also known to affect livestock and contaminate agricultural crops. Farmers in North West Province should become well acquainted with this weed, as it may well have a detrimental impact on future agricultural plans in the province.

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