WEED: Easter Cassia or Sena pendula is a low multi-stemmed shrub with small yellow flowers during March and April each year.
WEED: Easter Cassia or Sena pendula is a low multi-stemmed shrub with small yellow flowers during March and April each year.

Wattle Day celebrated today amid Weedbuster Week

WATTLE DAY

Thursday, September first was Wattle Day

A Wattle Fun Day and Markets will be held at the Mount Morgan Historical Rail Station today.

There will also be a Wattle give away for those attending.

The Wattle Fun Day will run from 8:30am - 2pm today.

The first Wattle day was held on September 1, 1910 in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Wattle Day was used to raise funds for the war effort and sprigs of wattle sold on that day.

Boxes of wattle sprigs were also sent to soldiers in hospitals overseas to remind our soldiers of home.

WEEDBUSTER WEEK

DID you know it is Weedbuster Week? This week provides the community with the opportunity to learn about weed problems.

For the gardener it gives an opportunity to learn about the problems encountered with plants that escape from the farm or garden that can cause significant damage to the environment.

Declared weeds that cost the Queensland economy an estimated $500 million every year.

There are many declared weeds that most people have not heard of, such as the Peruvian Primrose (Ludwigia peruviana) and the Siam weed (Chromolaena odorata).

These and the more well-known weeds such as Parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus) and Hymenachne (Hymenachne amplexicaulis).

There are a number of weed plant species that are a problem in the Rocky region:

Easter Cassia

or Sena pendula is a low multi- stemmed shrub with small yellow flowers during March and April each year. It is a native of tropical America and has been grown in Rockhampton for nearly a century and can be found growing on the edge of just about every waterway in the town.

Mickey Mouse Plant

or Ochna serrulata is a shrub which was widely sold by nurseries during the 1980s, due to the fact that it would bear its fragrant yellow flowers in relatively shaded sections of the garden, as well as keeping a dense habit.

Following the flowers, the plant would become immersed in scarlet-black berries, somewhat reminiscent of a Mickey Mouse head, that are very attractive to birds.

Prickly Acacia

or Acacia nilotica is a woody weed which once covered a large area of Lakes Creek and Koongal years ago before being almost wiped out.

In the last couple of years the plant has become noticeable again.

Acacia nilotica is a rounded shrub or small tree that can reach five metres. It often forms thorny thickets, and is nearly always multi- stemmed while mature trees are usually single stemmed, with spreading branches that have lost most of their thorns. Leaves are pale in colour and a little ferny.

Prickly Pear

or Opuntia is another plant that was once a major problem throughout Queensland but a few plants survived and these plants should be destroyed. The plant is leafless succulent shrub, with stems which are divided into flat segments that are flat and often incorrectly called leaves. The term 'prickly pear' relates to the fruit that is often spiny and pear-shaped.

Singapore Daisy

or Sphagneticola trilobata was first used locally as the landscape plant around the Pilbeam Theatre. It became one of those ground covering plants that were found in just about every garden in Rockhampton.

Rockhampton Region Council's Pest Management team will have a display at Stockland Rockhampton from 9am to 4pm on September 6 to September 8 with information about how to tackle weeds on your property.