Weeds of National Significance
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3208 9
About the guide
Lantana is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.
Lantana forms dense, impenetrable thickets that take over native bushland and pastures on the east coast of Australia. It competes for resources with, and reduces the productivity of, pastures and forestry plantations. It adds fuel to fires, and is toxic to stock.
Lantana is a serious threat to biodiversity in several World Heritage-listed areas including the Wet Tropics of northern Queensland, Fraser Island and the Greater Blue Mountains. Numerous plant and animal species of conservation significance are threatened. It is listed as the most significant environmental weed by the South-East Queensland Environmental Weeds Management Group.
It is a problem in gardens because it can cross-pollinate with weedy varieties to create new, more resilient forms.
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Floor 1, 225 Brisbane Street Ipswich
PO Box 280, Ipswich QLD 4305
Tel: (07) 3432 7704
Mob: 0450 613 730
|Extent in Australia||Potential distribution|
|WA, NT, QLD, NSW||Could further expand in current locations; plus VIC, SA, TAS|