BIODIVERSITY: Alien Plants

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

An intensive survey of alien plants in Swaziland was carried out by the Forestry Department in 2009, including both aerial and road surveys.

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
Chromolaena odorata
triffid weed
triffid weed

Alien plant control activities are carried out on a continuous basis at Mlawula Nature Reserve, when resources are available, and further activities are being carried out as part of the protected area upgrading falling under the SNPAS project.

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