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White weeping broom (Retama raetam) weed management guide

Alert List for Environmental Weeds
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3230 5

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About the guide

White weeping broom is on the Alert List for Environmental Weeds, a list of 28 non-native plants that threaten biodiversity and cause other environmental damage. Although only in the early stages of establishment, these weeds have the potential to seriously degrade Australia's ecosystems.

White weeping broom was brought to Australia as an ornamental shrub. It was first recorded in South Australia in 1841. Like many of the broom plants, it invades nutrient-poor to fertile, well-drained soils where it can fix nitrogen and form a scrub layer that can outcompete and shade out native plants. This species is possibly the most drought tolerant of the exotic brooms in Australia, making it a particular threat in dry regions and during drought years. It may infest grazing land and prevent access to stock. It is also probably the least palatable to stock of the exotic brooms.

This management guide was prepared in 2003. The state and territory contacts in this document may be out of date.

For advice on weed control in your state or territory see the primary contacts on the State and territory weed management arrangements page.

The state and territory herbaria details may also be out of date. These can be found on the Herbaria contact details page.

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