Call to report sightings of pompom weed in the Durban area


Pompom Weed (Campuloclinium macrocephalum)

This plant is a categorised invasive alien species, which aggressively invades indigenous grasslands in South Africa. It is a perennial herb from the Asteraceae family that originates from central and south America. It has dense clusters of pink, fluffy flower heads and leaves which are concentrated on the base of the plant. The light green l eaves a re lance-shaped, with serrated margins. Pompom Weed flowers between December and March. It spreads easily by seed but can also regenerate from underground rhizomes.

Known localities / distributionM13 and N3 corridor between Sherwood and Assagay,
Drummond, Hammarsdale, Waterfall, iNanda Mountain
(Amatata), Oakford, Verulam, Buffelsdraai, Roosfontein.
Perceived threat potentialVery high. It is a severe transformer of grasslands, savanna and
wetlands. Invaded agricultural areas can suffer major economic
impacts. The plant is poisonous to humans and livestock.
Other known cases of invasionMost prominent in Gauteng but present in all provinces except
Western and Northern Cape.
Biology /notes on reproductive
Copious seed production, regrowth after mowing, glandular
trichomes on seeds, possibly containing allelochemicals.
Control methodsEarly detection and control is essential to minimise economic
impacts. Herbicides known to be efficacious include Brush-off®,
Access 240® and Climax®. Biocontrol research is under
development; mechanical control is usually ineffective.
PriorityVery high.
Practicality and ease of controlTiming of herbicide application and follow-up is important for
effective control.

eThekwini Municipality and its partners seek to eradicate pompom weed (Campuloclinium macrocephalum) from the municipal area. We will provide assistance for control of this plant, but need your help finding it. Please circulate this notice to your neighbourhood-watch group, and/or conservancy members. Thank you.

If you see this plant please note the location (GPS coordinates, if possible) and contact Nomzamo Mncube on 031 322 4312

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