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Lantana (Lantana camara) weed management guide

Weeds of National Significance
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3208 9

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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.

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 The state and territory contacts in this document may be out of date.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.

Contact details

Kym Johnson
Senior Biosecurity Officer Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
280 Grindle Road
Wacol QLD 4067
Tel: (07) 3898 9661
Mob: 0450 613 730

Extent in Australia Potential distribution
WA, NT, QLD, NSW Could further expand in current locations; plus VIC, SA, TAS
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