Stop spread of ‘Lollipop Climber’

2016-05-03 06:00
‘Diplocyclos palmatus’ - Lollipop Climber. Photo: supplied

‘Diplocyclos palmatus’ - Lollipop Climber. Photo: supplied

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THE Hillcrest Conservancy is urging residents to remove the invasive alien species Diplocyclos palmatus - Lollipop Climber - from their property.

According to conservancy chair George Victor, this species is particularly noticeable at this time of the year and is popping up all over Kloof particularly on boundary fences and/or walls. “Please act with urgency and remove this species if it is found on your property.

“Unfortunately, it has already entered Krantzkloof Nature Reserve where some large infestations were removed by a specialist crew from SANBI in the past weeks. Once established it is extremely difficult to control because it spreads so fast,” he said.

Victor described the plant as a perennial, climber with thin stems growing up to six metres high. White or greenish-yellow flowers from March to April. Commonly known as the Lollipop Climber, bearing green fruits with white blotched stripes, later turning red-orange colour - resembles a lollipop, hence the common name.

For more information, contact the Hillcrest Conservancy on, 073 901 3902.

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