This week's weed is the African Boxthorn. It is classified as a RESTRICTED species. It produces dense, spiny thickets that can form impenetrable barriers to stock and people.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
- Perennial shrub up to 5m tall with deep, extensive, branched root system and rigid stems that are branched, woody and thorny
- Bright green leaves about 3cm long, rounded at the tip and tapered at the base
- Flowers are white-pale mauve approximately 12mm in diameter
- Berries are smooth and green when young, ripening to bright orange-red.
WHY IT'S BAD
- Aggressively invades pastures, roadsides, reserves and natural areas
- Forms thorny thickets hindering stock, wildlife and human movement
- Produces lots of fruit and seeds that are spread by stock and birds, attracting many fruit pest that effect orchard species
- Grows in all soil types, often along dry creek banks and fence lines due to seed spread by birds.
WHAT TO DO
- This plant must NOT be given away, sold, or released into the environment. Penalties may apply.
- Please report any sightings of this plant to Council for advice on control options