Council calls to keep giant devils fig at bay
NAMBUCCA Shire Council has advised there have been six known occurrences of giant devils fig recently found in the Nambucca Valley, but there is still a chance to keep this aggressive plant at bay.
“Giant devil’s fig (GDF) is a shrub or small tree to 4m. It has prickly stems and leaves, a white tomato-like flower and clusters of orange-yellow berries when mature,” Council’s Noxious Weeds officer Keegan Noble said.
“The leaves are large and deeply lobed, young stems covered in brown hairs and all branches covered in reversely hooked rose like thorns.
“GDF is an environmental weed of riparian areas, forests and roadsides in Northern NSW and Queensland and can easily form dense thickets which exclude native flora and fauna.
“GDF is spread by birds, bats, and some mammals and marsupials.
“The Nambucca Valley is within the giant devil fig exclusion zone and under the Biosecurity Act 2015 must be controlled, and the plant or parts of the plant should not be traded, carried, grown or released into the environment.”