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SWAZILAND'S BIODIVERSITY: Alien Plants

(Contributed by Kate Braun, 2005, revised 2011.)

A project was carried out in 2003/2004 by Kate Braun, Sikhumbuzo Dlamini and Titus Dlamini, under the auspices of the Swaziland Environmental Authority, to compile existing data on alien invasive plants of Swaziland. One product of this project was the creation of an online database of Swaziland's alien/non-indigenous plants, with distribution maps and photographs or illustrations.

Swaziland's Alien Plants Database

Highly invasive major problem species which were identified are:

Acacia decurrens
green wattle
green wattle
Acacia mearnsii
black wattle
black wattle
Caesalpinia decapetala
Mauritius thorn
mauritius thorn
Sesbania punicea
red sesbania
sesbania
Psidium guajava
guava
guava
Lantana camara
lantana
lantana
Solanum mauritianum
bugweed
bugweed
Chromolaena odorata
triffid weed
triffid weed

A booklet of the invasive alien plant species was prepared, and will be published when funding is available.

Alien plant control activities are carried out on a continuous basis at Mlawula Nature Reserve, and Quest International has collaborated on projects to map the distribution of Chromolaena odorata, and to assist in the control of alien plants. (See Research Projects.)




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