An evergreen shrub up to 2m high with stems that continue to grow beyond the flowering branches. Bright green lance-shaped leaves. White or pink flowers in clusters at the tips of the branches from June to November. Coral-red fruits occur in drooping clusters
Canary bird bush is an evergreen shrub characterised by flowers that look like a family of canaries perching on a branch. The yellow-green flowers bloom on flower stalks in the summer through autumn. The soft green leaves grow on branches that can get leggy with age, otherwise this plant can sprawl to 6m tall and wide.
A medium-sized wasp with a body length of 12-17mm. It has a black and yellow body pattern and looks very similar to the European paper wasp (Polistes dominulus). The antennae are black. These are social wasps and they construct paper-like nests in trees, roof eaves, under rock overhangs and sometimes in underground burrows.
The pom pom weed is an erect perennial with green stems up to 1,3m high. It dies back annually to a root crown. Pink flowerheads surrounded by purple bracts in compact heads appear from December to March. This plant is native to Central and South America.
An evergreen, rounded shrub or small tree reaching up to 3m high. The young shoots are softly downy and 5cm long. Bright yellow flowers form in upright racemes. Green seed pods are downy, soft and flattened and turn dark brown. This senna has poisonous leaves.
The Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri), is native to southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and is the world’s most invasive parrot species. In South Africa, where it became established in the 1970’s, it is classified as a Category 2 invasive species in the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act.
How do invasive species and the NEMBA Alien and Invasive Species Regulations affect you? Find out at the next Invasive Species Forum meeting on 21 August 2015 to be held at the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa and the Executive Mayor of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, participated in a site visit at an Eco-Furniture Factory in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria on 26 June 2015
The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) is running a series of invasive species training days. These courses are aimed at knowledgeable plant people in horticultural societies, garden clubs and conservancies.