Council weed officer voices lantana concerns



CONCERNS have been expressed by a Clarence Valley Council weed officer over the presence of lantana in council-managed garden beds in and around Grafton.

The montevidensis variety of lantana, which usually sports yellow, lilac or white flowers, was planted in council gardens several years ago, but as a non-pollinating hybrid breed was not considered a noxious weed.

However, Clarence Valley Council weed officer Reece Luxton believes it is still possible for it to cross-pollinate with noxious varieties of lantana and spread.

He said the montevidensis type had been listed as a noxious weed on the Bushland Friendly Nursery Scheme (BFNS) about 18 months ago to highlight it as an environmental weed and discourage the public from buying or selling it.

But council parks manager for Grafton, George Novak, said there was little danger of the plant getting out of control.

"We were aware when planting this variety of lantana that it was capable of cross-pollinating and seeding but it has been planted in situations where it would not readily cross pollinate and cause a problem," he said.

Council stopped planting it after signing the BFNS agreement.



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