More Invasive Alien Plants of Durban
with some Indigenous Alternatives
Beautiful But Dangerous
More Invasive Alien Plants of Durban
and the Eastern, Sub-tropical Region of South Africa
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They can increase flood damage.
They compete with agricultural crops.
They displace indigenous plants and animals.
They increase the loss of water from catchments.
They increase the severity of fires.
They expand the range of disease-causing organisms.
Despite raising almost R 1 billion to date through
national government programmes and working at
unprecedented levels, we are not reducing the extent
of the invasion. In recognising the threats posed by
invasive plants, the National Department of Agri-
culture has drafted regulations and listed weeds and
alien invader plants under the Conservation of Agri-
cultural Resources Act.
The list contains about 200 plants grouped into three
CATEGORY 1: Weeds which may not be grown and
must be controlled.
CATEGORY 2: Invader plants with commercial or
utility value, which may only be grown with a per-
mit under controlled circumstances.
CATEGORY 3: Invader plants, which have amenity
value and which may be grown, but not planted,
propagated, imported or traded. You may not
grow Category 3 plants within 30 metres of water-
courses and the Department may instruct you to
control Category 3 plants in other areas.
They have escaped formally planted
They are potential transformers of natur-
They are ‘emerging’ problem species.
Your local District Conservation Officer, KZN Wildlife.
The Ecological Advice Division, KZN Wildlife,
The Plant Protection Research Institute, Cedara runs a short
Tel: 033-355 9416 or 033-355 9413.
Alien Buster Campaign, Toll-free line: 0800 005 376.
National Department of Agriculture, Directorate: Agricultural
Your local supplier of agro-chemicals (see Weed Control
The Botanical Society - KZN Coastal Branch.
The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA)
Tel: 031-201 3126. E-mail: email@example.com
Natural Areas Section, Durban Parks Department.
or visit these web sites:
Botha, C. and Botha, J. Bring Nature Back to Your Garden.
suggestions for indigenous alternatives.
Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act, 1983 (Act
No. 43 of 1983)
Guiding Principles for the Landscaping of the Durban
Inner City and KwaZulu-Natal Coastal Belt. A Durban
Metro publication available from the cashier at the City Engineers
Building, 166 Old Fort Road, Durban.
Henderson, L. In press (due early 2001). The Complete
Agricultural Research Council.
Moore, J. Eradicating Invading Alien Plants in KwaZulu-
WESSA at 100 Brand Rd, Glenwood, Durban.
Vermuelen, et al. A Guide to the Use of Herbicides.
Lesley Henderson of the Plant Protection Research
Institute, Agricultural Research Council.
Geoff Nichols and Gareth Chittenden who supplied the
Copies of this poster are available from:
Durban Metro Environmental Management Branch,
Development and Planning Building, 166 Old Fort Rd, Durban
Tel: 031-300 2517.
Wildlife and Environment Society of SA, 100 Brand Rd.,
Glenwood, Durban. Tel: 031-201 3126.
Above: C. X generalis
Right: C. indica
C. parqui Chinese Cestrum and C. laeviga-
tum Inkberry are also Category 1 plants.
Bauhinia tomentosa Bush Neat’s Foot
Burchellia bubalina Wild Pomegranate
Peddiea africana Poison Olive
Polygala myrtifolia September Bush
Above: H. flavescens
Right: H. coronarium
Origin: l. alba - Tropical America
I. indica - West Indies?
Ipomoea albivenia Climbing Kapok
Ipomoea ficifolia Fig-leaved Ipomoea
Large Forest Ipomoea
Mondia whitei White’s Ginger
Left: I. alba
Below: I. indica
Cat's Claw Creeper
Origin: Mexico to Argentina
Above: P. suberosa
Above right: P. suberosa
Right: P. subpeltata fruits
Left: var. candida
Right: variegated form
Above: S. actinophylla
Left: S. arboricola