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Growth of koster’s curse (Clidemia hirta) from seedlings to reproductive maturity and following mechanical damage

Graham, M.F. and Patane, K.A. and Setter, S.D. (2008) Growth of koster’s curse (Clidemia hirta) from seedlings to reproductive maturity and following mechanical damage. In: Proceedings of the 16th Australian Weeds Conference, 18-22 May 2008, Cairns, Queensland.

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Abstract

Koster´s curse is a highly invasive, perennial shrub with potential to become a major weed in many parts of Queensland and elsewhere in Australia. Presently, there is one infestation discovered in Australia and the species is a Class 1 weed. It grows to 5 m and can produce over 500 berries annually which are dispersed by birds and water. This study quantified growth and the effects of damage on survival and time to reproduction under both field and shade house conditions in the Wet Tropics of north Queensland. Plants recovered to their original size and were capable of setting seed in as few as 86 days and 194 days after being cut back to 10 cm and 0 cm respectively.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Corporate Creators:QPIF
Additional Information:© R.G. and F.J. Richardson.
Keywords:Clidemia hirta; weed ecology; class 1 weeds; mechanical control.
Subjects:Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Weed ecology
Science > Invasive Species > Plants > Integrated weed control
Deposited On:26 Aug 2009 23:57
Last Modified:07 Jun 2015 15:09

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