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Pest plant information by species

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Common Name

Scientific Name

African Feather grass

Pennisetum macrourum

African love grass

Eragrostis curvula

Agapanthus

Agapanthus praecox subsp. Orientalis

Alligator weed

Alternathera philoxeroides

Apple of Sodom

Solanum linnaeanum

Arrowhead

Sagittaria montevidensis

Asiatic knotweed

Fallopia japonica

Australian sedge

Carex longibrachiata

Banana passionfruit

Passiflora tripartita, P. tarminiana, P. mixta

Bartlettina

Bartlettina sordida

Bathurst

Xanthium spinosum

Beggars' ticks

Bidens frondrosa

Blackberry

Rubus fruticosus agg.

Blue morning glory

Ipomoea indica

Blue passionflower

Passiflora caerulea

Blue spur flower

Plectranthus ecklonii

Bomarea

Bomarea multiflora

Boneseed

Chrysanthemoides monilifera

Broom

Cystisus scoparius

Brush wattle

Paraserianthes lophantha

Buddleja

Buddleja davidii

Bushy asparagus

Asparagus densiflorus

California thistle

Cirisum arvense

Cape ivy

Senecio angulatus

Cathedral Bells

Cobaea scandens

Chilean flame creeper

Tropaeolum speciosum

Chilean needle grass

Nassella nessiana

Chilean rhubarb

Gunnera tinctoria

Chinese privet

Ligustrum sinense

Climbing asparagus

Asparagus scandens

Climbing spindleberry

Celastrus orbiculatus

Contorta pine

Pinus contorta

Cotton thistle

Onopordum acanthium

Darwins barberry

Berberis darwinni

Devil's tail

Persicaria perfoliata

Eel grass

Valisneria gigantea, V. spiralis

Evergreen buckthorn

Rhamnus alaternus

Field Horsetail

Equisetum arvense

Fine stemmed needle grass

Nasella tenuissima

Fringed water lily

Nymphoides peltata

Giant buttercup

Ranunculus acris

Giant reed

Arundo donax

Goats rue

Galega officinalis

Gorse

Ulexeuropaeus

Grey willow

Salix cinerea

Hawthorn

Crataegus monogyna

Heather

Calluna vulgaris

Hornwort

Ceratophyllum demersum

Horsetails

Equisetum arvense, E. hyemale

Houttuynia

Houttuynia cordata

Hydrilla

Hydrilla verticillata

Japanese honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica

Japanese walnut

Juglans aliantifolia

Kahili ginger

Hedychium gardnerianum

Kiwifruit

Actinidia chinensis, A. arguta

Lagarosiphon

Lagarosiphon major

Lantana

Lantana camara

Lodgepole pine

Pinus contorta

Madeira vine

Anredera cordifolia

Manchurian rice grass (wild rice)

Zizania latifolia

Mat grass

Nardus stricta

Mignonette (madeira) vine

Anredera cordifolia

Mistflower

Ageratina riparia

Monkey apple

Acmena smithii

Moth plant

Arujia sericifera

Mugwort

Artemisia vulgaris

Nasella tussock

Stipa trichotoma

Needle grass

Austrostipa rudis

Nodding thistle

Carduus nutans

Noogoora bur

Xanthium pungens

Nut grass

Cyperus rotundus

Old man's beard

Clematis vitalba

Oxygen weed

Egeria densa, Lagarosiphon major

Pampas

Cortaderia jubata, C. selloana

Parrot's feather

Myriophyllum aquaticum

Perennial nettle

Urtica dioica

Phragmites

Phragmites australis

Pinus contorta

Pinus contorta

Pinus spp

Pinus cordata

Plectranthus ciliatus

Plectranthus ciliatus

Plumeless thistle

Carduus acanthoides

Privet

Ligustrom spp.

Puna grass

Achantherum caudatum

Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Purple pampas

Cortaderia jubata

Pyp grass

Ehrharta villosa

Ragwort

Senecio jacobaea

Rhamnus

Rhamnus alaternus

Saffron thistle

Carthamus lanatus

Sagittaria

Sagittaria graminea subsp. platyphylla

Scrambling lily

Geitonoplesium cymosum

Sea lavender

Limonium companyonis

Senegal tea

Gymnocoronis spilanthoides

Smilax

Asparagus asparagoides

South African oxygen weed

Lagarosiphon major

Spanish heath

Erica lusitanica

Spartina

Spartina spp.

Spiny emex

Emex australis

Sweet pea shrub

Polygala myrtifolia

Thistles - nodding & plumeless

Silybum maurianum, Carduus acanthoides, C. nutans

Tradescantia or wandering willy

Tradescantia fluminensis

Tree privet

Ligustrum lucidum

Variegated thistle

Silybum marianum

White bryony

Bryonia cretica ssp. dioica

White edged nightshade

Solanum marginatum

Wild ginger

Hedychium ssp.

Wild oat

Avena fatua

Wilding pine

Pinus contorta

Woolly nightshade

Solanum mauritianum

Yellow Flag

Iris pseudacorus

Yellow ginger

Hedychium flavenscens

Yellow water lilly

Nuphar lutea

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