Thank you for visiting our website.

Please note that the site is not fully functional at the moment as we are in the process of re-developing. We hope that you will find the available resources helpful in the meantime.

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Environmental Programmes

In order to tackle our country’s socio-economic challenges, the government adopted the Outcomes based approach to improve government performance and providing focus on service delivery. find out more

Silver leaf cotoneaster

Cotoneaster pannosus

Common name:

Silver leaf cotoneaster

Scientific name:

Cotoneaster pannosus (Rosaceae)

Alternative common names:

Silwerdwergmispel dwergmispel (Afrikaans); ukotini (isiZulu).

Shrub up to 3m high with arching branches and showy, berry-like fruits. The branchlets and lower surfaces of the leaves are densely white- or yellowish and felty in texture. It has dull green hairy leaves. White flowers appear from August to January and it produces dull deep red berries. Invasive in grasslands, forest margins, kloofs, river banks and rocky outcrops

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?


    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 3 NEMBA – Category 1b

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Free State

    How does it spread?

    Birds that feed on the berries spread the plant further afield

    Why is it a problem?

    It competes with and has the potential to replace indigenous species. Dense stands could reduce grazing available for domestic and wild animals

    What does it look like?

    General description: Unarmed, gracefully arching woody shrubs up to 3m high. Leaves: Dull green, glabrous above, lower surfaces of leaves are densely white. Flowers: Produces white flowers - distinguished from the orange cotoneaster (C. franchetii) by its pure white flowers and more spreading petals. Flowering time is between August-January. Fruit/Seeds: Dull deep red fleshy pomes, with two nutlets - distinguished from the orange cotoneaster (C. franchetii) by its smaller fruits of a duller, deeper red.

    Does the plant have any uses?

    It is cultivated for hedging and also as an ornamental

Read 13694 times

General News Updates

2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasio…


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


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


Who are we? The South African National Alien Grass Working Group was jointly initiated by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the Centre for Excellence in Invasion Biology (C·I·B) in... Read more

Permits for planting indigenous Cynodon?


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


Interested in invasive species?  How much do you know about NEMBA invasive species compliance for landowners and organs of state? The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) have released... Read more

Communications post for Africa advertised


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