Coun­cil calls to keep gi­ant dev­ils fig at bay

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - RURAL -

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.”

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