Fighting alien plants

2017-10-10 06:00
 Photo: suppliedMadeira Vine (‘Anredera cordifolia’) are spreading in the Kloof and Upper Highway area.

Photo: suppliedMadeira Vine (‘Anredera cordifolia’) are spreading in the Kloof and Upper Highway area.

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THERE has been an abundant of sightings of Madeira Vine (Anredera cordifolia) in the Kloof and Upper Highway area and the Kloof Conservancy is embarking on a project to curb the spread of this alien plant.

Anna Mieke van Tienhoven from Alien Plant Identification Services of the conservancy told Fever this is a dreadful plant once established as it is difficult to control. 

“It is an invasive climber that is native to South America. It was introduced to South Africa as an ornamental plant in garden, but has become an invasive environmental weed, which smothers shrubs and trees. The weight of the vine can cause smaller trees to collapse and die.

“The vine produces beautiful white sprays of flowers in summer. It spreads by underground tubers and wart-like bulbils - aerially along the stems.
“The small light-brown or green potato-like bulbils fall to the ground as the vines age. The tubers and the bulbils can remain viable for many years, making control very difficult,” she said.

Van Tienhoven told residents to teach gardeners how to tackle these and other declared invasive alien plants responsibly and effectively.

“The Kloof Conservancy is once again offering an introductory full-day course on invasive plants common in the Upper Highway area. Participants will learn why these plants are a threat to our ecosystems and biodiversity. Practical removal methods for the suburban garden are covered. Training can be in English or Zulu,” said Van Tienhoven.
The course will be held on Wednesday October 18 from 8.30am to 3.30pm at Supaquick Tyres Training Centre, Old Main Road, Oxford Village. Cost is R380.
Contact Van Tienhoven on 082 678 4156 or email for details and to register.


The Kloof
Conservancy is once again offering an 
introductory full-day course on
invasive plants
common in the Upper Highway


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