Woody Weeds Working Party (20/11/2011)

Friends of Mount Majura (FoMM) jointly with the Watson Woodland Working Group will host a working party to control woody weeds at the northwest slope of Mount Majura

When: Sunday, 20 November 2011, 9.00 am – 12.00 noon

Where: Mt Majura nature park off Antill Street south of “The Fair” construction site, north Watson

Meet: Access and car parking opposite Prime TV; walk along the horse track towards “The Fair” until you hit the PCS trailer; click here to view a map.

What: Cut-&-daub Sweet Briar, hawthorns, and frilling of Cootamundra wattles.

Bring: Sun protection, appropriate shoes, body-covering clothing; tools and morning tea will be provided.

Please come early for an introduction

Enquiries: Email admin@majura.org or Phone 6247 7515

To view common woody weeds of Mount Majura including the target weeds of the working party click on the FoMM Woody Weeds Flickr Group

The Cootamundra wattle, Acacia baileyana is an Australian species, which does not naturally occur in Canberra. It was introduced to the ACT as a garden plant. The highly invasive species is now widespread in Namadgi National Park and the nature reserves of the ACT. The compound blueish-grey-green leaves resemble those of the local species Sliver wattle, Acacia dealbata, which native to the Mount Majura and Mount Ainslie nature reserves.

How to distinguish between Cootamundra wattle and Silver wattle: The compound leaves of Cootamundra wattles (top) have 3-4 pairs of leaflets arranged along the leaf stem, the lowest pair is shorter and embraces the branch to which the leaf is attached. The leaves of Silver wattles (bottom) have 8-20 pairs of leaflets arranged along to the leaf stem and the lowest pair does not embrace the branch.

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