Taroom Shire Landcare Group Inc - Improving our Resources since 1989
Weeds of Taroom Shire 
 
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Click on link to download the Taroom Shire Council pest management Plan.  This document was produced prior to Queensland Council Amalgamations.  We expect an update in 2010
 
 
 
 
Harissia
Harissia
Giant Rats Tail Grass
Giant Rats Tail Grass
Mother of Millions
Mother of Millions
Parthenium
Parthenium
Parthenium Weed colonises heavily stocked pastures and disturbed areas, reducing pasture production and causing health problems. It is a major pest plant in Central Queensland with the potential to spread to rangelands and summer cropping areas. It costs the Queensland beef industry in excess of $16 million per year and is estimated to cost Queensland Grain producers $6 million per year.

Currently, large infestations are found in Central Queensland, with serious outbreaks in the south and west of the State. The Taroom Shire is located on the Parthenium Buffer Zone. The Council aims to eradicate all isolated Parthenium outbreaks in the Nathan Catchment, and control all isolated outbreaks outside the Nathan Catchment.

Parthenium is a success reproducer. 1 plant can produce 15000 seeds. It can germinate, grow and set seed in just 28 days. Seeds are viable for 2-6 years (up to 20 years). The seeds are easily spread by water, machinery, animals, utes, people, fodder and grain movement.

Prevention and Control: The best prevention is to be aware of how, why and where Parthenium grows. Help with identification and control is available from Council or Landcare.