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Mother-of-millions – Restricted invasive plant

Jun 13, 2018 | Front Page Feature, News


Did you know that mother-of-millions, native to Madagascar, is classed as a restricted invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014?

The Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control. This is called a general biosecurity obligation (GBO).

The plant is well adapted to dry areas because of its succulent features, and, as the name suggests, one plant can reproduce a new generation from masses of embryoids (plantlets) that are formed on the leaf edges. This makes these plants hard to eradicate and follow up controls are essential.

With the plant, and in particular the flower, poisonous to stock, managing mother-of-millions, including prevention and early detection, is imperative.

Various methods of control, including mechanical, fire, biological and herbicide can be found in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) – Biosecurity Queensland  mother-of-millions Factsheet.

For further information on invasive plants contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23, visit the DAF website, contact Council’s Natural Resource Management team via phone on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC) or email Council.

Information courtesy of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.