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Weed of the Week: Salvinia


Name: Salvinia Scientific name: Salvinia molesta How to identify the weed: A floating aquatic fern with green, spongy oval leaflets from 0.5cm – 3cm wide. Leaves are covered with water-repellent hairs which give buoyancy to the plant. Mature leaves have a mid-rib fold. Juvenile plants are a lot smaller, lay flat on the surface of  Continue reading…

Weed of the Week: Ochna


Name: Ochna Scientific name: Ochna serrulata How to identify the weed: A small woody shrub growing to around 1.5m in height. It has glossy leaves with serrated margins. Flowers are yellow and have five petals. When the petals fall they leave sepals that turn bright red when the fruit appears which come through green and  Continue reading…

Weed of the Week: Cats claw creeper


Name: Cats claw creeper Scientific name: Macfadyena unguis-cati How to identify the weed: A long-lived woody climber with fibrous roots and tubers.  Stems become woody with age and adhere to supports via short rootlets.  The leaves are oppositely arranged, consisting of a pair of oval leaflets and a claw-like leaf tendril that enables the plant to grow  Continue reading…

Weed of the Week: Asparagus fern


Common name: Asparagus fern Scientific name: Asparagus aethiopicus How to identify the weed: Commonly found in backyards this weeds is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial with arching, spiny stems up to 2m long with creeping underground stems and tubers.  Waxy pale green fern-like ‘leaves’ up to 2.5cm, singley or in clusters.  Its small white or pink flowers  Continue reading…

Stopping the spread of weeds


Redland City Council is managing the spread of weeds with the removal of a known problem weed, Cabomba caroliniana, from Tarradarrapin Creek, Birkdale. Deputy Mayor Alan Beard said managing weeds is an important environmental issue and Council is tackling the challenge through its pest management plan. “Cabomba caroliniana, an aquatic weed, is recognised as one  Continue reading…

Swap weeds for free trees in October


Redland City Mayor Karen Williams is inviting residents to swap shopping bags of weeds for native plants at Trees for Weeds Days held in three locations across the city in October. “Now in its 12th year, Trees for Weeds is a fantastic community initiative that has attracted more than 300 residents each year and has  Continue reading…