Status of miconia in Tasmania(Miconia species)
- Miconia is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of mimosa are prohibited in Tasmania.
- Miconia is also a Weed of National Significance (WONS).
legal responsibilities of landholders and other stakeholders in dealing
with miconia are laid out in the miconia Statutory Weed Management
What does miconia look like?
is a small tree inhabiting forested country, particularly in disturbed
areas and along creek lines, but also occurs in open country and
domestic gardens. The large leaves have three prominent veins with a
distinctive purple underside. The species produces many seeds which are
enclosed in small black fruits.
- Fruiting can occur at any time of year, but is dependent on sufficient sunlight reaching the mature plant.
Image above top left: Miconia calvescens, image: John Game
Image above: Miconia calvescens
Impacts of miconia
- Miconia is a serious
weed of tropical wetlands. It invades rainforest areas, competes with
native plant species and affects the habitat of native fauna
- Miconia is a shallow rooted tree which poses a hillside instability and erosion threat.
are attracted to the fruit, which can be spread large distances from
the parent tree. Seeds can persist in the soil for more than eight years.
Where does miconia occur?
- Miconia is a
native of warm temperate to tropical regions of the Americas. In
Australia, miconia has naturalised in the Northern Territory, Western
Australia and Queensland.
- Miconia does not occur in Tasmania.
What you need to do
- If you locate
miconia anywhere in Tasmania, or if you find a plant that you think
could be miconia, immediately contact your Regional Weed Management
Officer on 1300 368 550 to report this weed.
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