Weed of the Week: Cabomba

Weeds can have a significant impact on our environment as well as create additional management costs to Council.

Council encourages residents to learn more about weeds including how to identify and manage them in your own backyard. To help residents learn more we’ll be providing information a ‘Weed a Week’ every Wednesday up until the end of March.

We need the help of residents to stop the spread of weeds as they don’t discriminate between property boundaries. Keeping an eye out for weeds and removing them is important in stopping them from increasing their territory in the Redlands.

Weeds can have a number of negative impacts including:

• damage to our natural, agricultural, water and coastal systems;
• impact on agriculture and the poisoning of animals;
• changing our biodiversity by out-competing native plants and degrading wildlife habitat;
• impact on recreational activities and our gardens; and
• increase of fire hazard in bushland areas.

Weed of the Week

Name: Cabomba

Scientific name: Cabomba caroliniana

Why is the weed a problem: Cabomba is listed as a Weed of National Significance and is considered one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential spread and economic and environmental impacts.

How to identify: An aquatic weed with stems growing up to 10m long. The leaves form fan shaped structures.

How to manage: Prevention is the best form of control.  It is important to treat infestations as soon as they are identified.  Mechanical or manual control, ensuring you remove and destroy all parts of the plants, is suitable for small infestations. For more information, please contact IndigiScapes on 3824 8611.

Image credit to Abyss Diving

Image credit to Abyss Diving

For those who want to have weed information at their fingertips ‘The Weeds of Southern Queensland’ guide  developed by the Weed Society of Queensland is also now available from the Apple App Store.