Category Archives: Invasive Alien Plants

Verge that is a disgrace to Hillcrest

The reason why some verges in Hillcrest are teeming with Invasive Alien Plants [IAP’s] is, I believe, due to ignorance. So the aim of photographs of verges, which will feature roads in Hillcrest that are smothered with IAP’s, is educative more … Continue reading

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Dwarf Black Headed Chameleon spotted in Assagay!!

Jenny who shuns publicity but gives unstintingly of her time and money to clear Invasive Alien Plants in Assagay Road is so excited = as am I = at spotting the beautiful little Chameleon. What a pleasure! I have not seen … Continue reading

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Hillcrest Police add their weight to removing Illegal ALien Plants [IAP]

George Victor, Chairman of Hillcrest Conservance, together with the Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association initiated the removal of IAP’s – specifically Bugweed – from the Hillcrest police premises. Well done to Cnl. Mbeli who supports Keep Hillcrest Beautiful Association fully. Hillcrest is lucky … Continue reading

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CROFTEN WEED – Ageratina adenophora

Perennial evergreen shrub up to 2 m. high with hairy stems and leaves. Flowers white in terminal clusters. Flowers in August to December. Crofton weed invades roadsides, stream banks, forest margins and plantations, growing from seeds and regenerating strongly from cut … Continue reading

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Cotoneaster pannosus

Arching shrubs up to 3 m. with showy berry-like fruits. Invader of grassland, forest margins, kloofs and river banks. Fruits in sufficient quantities are poisonous. Remove by digging out stump.

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Chromolaena odorata – Triffid Weed

Perennial evergreen shrub forms dense thickets. Leaves are triangular and pointed with three conspicuous veins from the base. Leaves smell strongly of Turpentine or Paraffin when crushed. Flowers form terminal clusters. It is found throughout KwaZulu Natal coastal areas, and is … Continue reading

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Cat’s Claw Creeper – Macfadyena unguis-cati [Tecoma family]

Vigorous evergreen tendril climber with tuberous roots. These creepers grow to enormous lengths & can scale tall trees in dense masses. The combination of shade & weight can kill the trees. For small infestations hand control is possible. The tubers … Continue reading

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