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Easter Cassia (Local Law No. 3) Senna pendula var. glabrata

Native to tropical America, Easter Cassia takes the form of a rounded bush 1.5 to 5m with mid-green compound leaves and rounded leaflets.  The plant is flowering now with yellow flowers produced throughout Autumn and Winter followed by rounded pea-like seed pods.  Easter Cassia is found in older style gardens and easily colonises disturbed areas and invades bushland.  Control by removing and bagging seed pods, hand removing seedlings and cut and paint mature plants with a registered herbicide.  A great alternative plant for gardens is the Beach Aspen Acronychia imperforata or Wallum Banksia B.aemula, B.integrifolia.

Glory Lily (Local Law No. 3)

Glory Lily is a perennial herb from Africa and Asia with climbing stems with tendrils at the tips.  The plant has shiny narrow green leaves that die off in winter and produces long-lived underground tubers.  Yellow, orange and red flowers with turned back petals, expose the stamens October – May.  Spread by garden refuse and birds, the plant is found in bushland, coastal habitats and gardens, Glory Lily also tolerates nutrient-poor soils. Control by collecting and destroying seed pods and dig out small patches and bag ensuring tubers removed completely. Chemical control in Dec and then Feb using glyphosate & water at 1:50(20mL/L) + Metsulfuron methyl at 1.5g/10L water (with surfactant).  Before using any herbicide, always read the label carefully and apply strictly in accordance with the directions on the label.

Mother of Millions and Live leaf (Restricted Category 3/ Local Law No. 3)

Species include Bryophyllum spp. including, B.pinnatum, B.delagoense, B.fedschenkoi, B.x houghtonii and others. Mother of Millions (MoM) is a succulent from Madagascar.  It has grey-green tubular or “v” shaped leaves and grows from 30-180cm tall.  New plants grow from leaves or from seed.  The plant has tubular-bell shaped orange-red flowers in Winter.  All parts of the plant are poisonous.  Live leaf has a scalloped edged leaf and pink/green flowers in Winter.  MoM is found in older style gardens along foreshore and riverside areas, often used as an ornamental garden plant.  Control with registered herbicide or carefully remove by hand and place in a bag for disposal. A great alternative plant for gardens is the River lily, Crinum pedunculatum.

Article contributed by Juliet Musgrave, Fraser Coast Regional Council


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