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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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Environmental Programmes

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Working for Wetlands, Giant reed - May

Japie Buckle, Working For Wetlands

Japie Buckle talks about major problematic invasive species Giant reed (Arundo donax) and Pampas grass (Cortaderia selloana) which need biocontrol solutions.

Wetlands in Southern and Eastern Cape are mostly associated with high energy river systems that drain the steep catchments in the area. Unsustainable land management practices in these areas often resulted in many degraded catchments and highly impacted and disturbed riparian areas and wetlands which promote the
infestation of invasive alien species.

Several well established and emerging weed species are further contributing to the degradation of riparian areas and wetlands. Giant reed (Arundo donax) is found in various river systems in the South-eastern Cape, Bramble (Rubus sp) in the North- Eastern Cape.

Pampas Grass is found in the Tsitsikamma area, Lantana (Lantana Camara) in the Wild Coast but spreading to the south-western part of the Eastern Cape.

For more information please see the fact sheets below:

Giant reed (Arundo donax)

Pampas Grass (Cortoderia selloana)

Bramble (Rubus sp)

Lantana (Lantana camara)



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