cape wattle (Paraserianthes lophantha)
This distinctive wattle has spreading bi-pinnate, feathery, bright-green foliage. It keeps popping up in Belhaven Reserve and the occasional random specimen can also be found in many of our other work areas. The seeds can remain viable in the soil for many years, waiting for the right conditions to germinate.
Dispersal: The seeds are spread by water, wind and ants, and in dumped garden waste and soil.
Control: Small plants can be hand-pulled. Larger plants must be cut and pasted. Plant material carrying seed must be bagged and removed. Other plant material can be left on-site to rot.