Look out for lan­tana

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Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil is ask­ing peo­ple to be on the look­out for the pest plant lan­tana which can be par­tic­u­larly preva­lent on the Coro­man­del Penin­sula. Lan­tana is be­ing taken so se­ri­ously that it has re­cently been clas­si­fied as an erad­i­ca­tion species. It smoth­ers and re­places other species, form­ing dense thick­ets, by ex­cret­ing tox­ins into sur­round­ing soil which sup­press other plants. The plant is also poi­sonous to live­stock and rated as one of the worst in­va­sive weeds world­wide.

If you see lan­tana call 0800 246 732.

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