Plant threat

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

I am one of a small num­ber of vol­un­teers who reg­u­larly looks out for the plant and some­times as­sists in the re­moval of pods as well as in­form­ing oth­ers about the spread of this vi­tal and vi­able pest plant.

I ap­peal to ev­ery­one to walk around their prop­erty, their rented prop­er­ties, their gar­dens and check that fences, hedges, trees, flower beds, gar­den waste and tan­gles of weeds are free of moth plant, be­cause it can be, as an­other of its names im­plies, a cruel plant.

I have ob­served moth plant (kapok pod plant) on bound­aries and prop­er­ties in St Lukes, Pt Che­va­lier, West­mere, Herne Bay, Pon­sonby and the Viaduct.

From ex­pe­ri­ence, I know that one plant can seed a whole sec­tion of a street of near neigh­bour­ing and next door prop­er­ties. I have wit­nessed that if noth­ing is done to re­move this very vi­tal and vi­able pest plant, that it es­ca­lates and spreads its abun­dant seed with more prop­er­ties host­ing this pest plant each year.

It is a threat to the whole com­mu­nity and of great con­cern is the pro­tec­tion of parks and re­serves of na­tive bush.

It smoth­ers and can kill trees and needs a keen eye to trace its wind­ing vine stems to the root site un­der hedges, bound­ary fenc­ing and both tidy and un­kempt gar­dens.

Ev­ery­one needs to in­form them­selves of this plant and to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for re­mov­ing it from their prop­er­ties as Biose­cu­rity en­cour­ages through web­site and leaflets.

We all can take ac­tion and re­move it from our prop­er­ties and help neigh­bours who may need as­sis­tance for age and health rea­sons and ig­no­rance of the na­ture of the threat.

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