New Durban Invasives website goes live

The ‘Durban Invasives’ website was recently launched and will assist invasive species managers to effectively manage targeted invasive plants in the Durban metropolitan area. Residents of Durban, as well as visitors, can also report sightings of targeted invasive plants which will be earmarked for eradication.

The website is user-friendly and currently lists 10 targeted species that are increasingly becoming problematic in Durban. This list may be revised, updated and added to in the future. Currently listed plants include:

Port Jackson willow (Acacia saligna)

Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)

Pompom weed (Campuloclinium macrocephalum)

Lollipop climber (Diplocyclos palmatus)

Mauritius hemp (Fucraea foetida)

Formosa lily (Lilium formosanum)

Parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus)

Kudzu vine (Pueraria montana var. lobata)

Red sesbania (Sesbania punicea)

Ant tree (Triplaris americana)

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Individuals interested in recording sightings of these listed species can register as Spotters on the website. Spotters can then enter locality information on the map provided on the website, or upload geotagged photos. This information will be used by the Durban invasive species managers to assess the extent of invasions and then implement the appropriate control methods.

For more information, visit www.durbaninvasives.org.za. The website is a partnership between the eThekwini Municipality, the Natural Resource Management Programmes (a division of Environmental Programmes, Department of Environmental Affairs) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s invasive species programme.

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