Get to know your weeds

The North Central Catchment Management Authority has released a Weeds Identification Guide for the region. In many ways it’s an improvement on previous guides, because the photos are better and many species are illustrated by more than one picture.

Sample page from the NCCMA weed identification guide. Multiple photos make for easier recognition.

Unfortunately the guide leaves out five common environmental weeds, including Pampas grass, Cootamundra Wattle and Gazanias–apparently because of cost limitations. Gazanias, in particular, are in full flower at the moment, and seem to be promoted by many people in gardens and nature strips. They have a sinister capacity to spread into bushland.

All the same, the guide is highly recommended. FOBIF has a few copies available for members–contact us at

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