Weed alert and restricted matter

Restricted matter

Restricted Matter is a plant that's become enough of a pest to warrant its control being enforced under legislation.

This legislation is the Biosecurity Act 2014.

Under this Act an owner, or occupier, of private land is required to control restricted matter on that land.

The Local Authority for the area may issue a Biosecurity Order on the owner requiring them to control certain restricted matter by a set date.

Should the owner not follow the direction contained in the Order by the set date, the Local Authority may authorise any person to enter the land and carry out the work at the owners’ expense.

Local Authorities and Government Departments are also required to control restricted matter on land under their control.

Blind cactus - Opuntia rufida

Blind cactus is a prohibited invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

The Act requires that all sightings of blind cactus must be reported to Biosecurity Queensland within 24 hours of the sighting.

Mainly detected in gardens growing as an ornamental, it has not established in Queensland. The species is currently targeted for eradication.

Description

Forms a dense shrub 40-60 cm tall composed of pad like stems 6-15 cm long and 4-12cm broad. There is no central stem and pads grow in pairs giving the appearance of bunny ears.

Blind cactus. A dense shrub with pads that grow in pairs giving the appearance of bunny ears.

Cha-om - Senegalia insuavis

Cha-om is a prohibited invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014.

The Act requires that all sightings of Cha-om must be reported to Biosecurity Queensland within 24 hours of the sighting.

Mainly detected in gardens in Logan for cooking purposes.

Description

Cha-om is a shrub up to 5m tall that can climb and scramble like a vine. It has scattered prickles along its branchlets and stems and the leaves are bipinnate. The leaves and stems have a strong odour when disturbed.

Chaom plant. A green plant with scattered prickles along the stem and branchlettes. Strong odour when disturbed.