A new exotic weed has been assessed as a rapidly spreading threat to our ecosystems.
Montanoa hibiscifolia known as Anzac Tree Daisy is a native of Central America. It was introduced to Far North Queensland as a garden plant.
This is a CALL TO ARMS to alert landholders to treat all trees that are likely to flower BEFORE THE END OF MARCH and the likelihood of the weed becoming more widely established.
Invasion by Anzac tree daisy presents a clear risk to a substantial proportion of our remnant forests and it appears to be spreading rapidly. It seems to be well adapted to our environment and invades rainforest margins, gullies, disturbed areas and road embankments. The plant is a prolific seeder and shows potential to be highly invasive in the riparian zones and fringes of the local dry rainforests.
It is easily missed until April – May when it is a mass of flowers.
How to respond