Beware the charms of the alluring pink Pompom

2008-01-28 00:00

An alluring alien weed is invading KwaZulu-Natal grasslands and, if left unchecked, could pose a threat to the environment.

The first record of its presence was in the then Transvaal in 1962, and since then it has spread to KwaZulu-Natal and other provinces. “The weed produces huge amounts of wind-dispersed seeds every summer and has underground tubers that enable it to survive fires and the dry season. This, in addition to its tolerance of a wide range of soil and moisture conditions, makes it the perfect invasive weed.” publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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