Senegal Tea Plant
Status of Senegal tea plant in Tasmania(Gynocoronis spilanthoides)
Senegal tea plant - flower and leaves, photo: New South Wales Agriculture
- Senegal tea plant is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of Senegal tea plant are prohibited in Tasmania.
- The legal responsibilities of landholders and other stakeholders in dealing with Senegal tea plant are laid out in the Statutory Weed Management Plan for Senegal Tea Plant.
What does Senegal tea plant look like?
tea plant is a perennial (long-lived) freshwater herb which forms
rounded bushes or mats. The stems are initially erect then collapse to a
scrambling mat. Steps can reach 1.5 m long and are hollow when mature.
The leaves are opposite, dark green, with slightly toothed and wavy
margins. The flowers are small and whitish in colour and are clumped
into daisy-like heads. The roots are numerous and arise from the stem
- Spread of Senegal tea plant is by seed and stem
fragmentation. Seed and stem fragments are spread in water. The plant is
used in aquariums and has been spread via the aquarium plant trade.
Impacts of Senegal tea plant
- The thick,
floating mats formed by Senegal tea plant allow it to cause major
environmental damage in natural aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats. Dense
infestations can exclude light, impede gas exchange and compete with
native flora and fauna. Senegal tea plant infestations can seriously
limit recreational and boating activities, increase silting and
contribute to flooding. The plant's hardiness and extremely fast growth
rates under fertile conditions make it difficult to control.
What you need to do
you locate Senegal tea plant anywhere in Tasmania, or if you find a
plant that you think could be Senegal tea plant, immediately contact
your Regional Weed Management Officer on 1300 368 550 to report this
Statutory Weed Management Plan for Senegal Tea Plant
Weed Links and Resources
Other useful links
Weeds in Australia - Weed Management Guide
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