Plant ID forum: Invasive Shrub

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Polokwane - Limpopo
Kokkys
Jan 2, 2018 4:19 AM CST
Could someone please help me with a name for the attached plant / shrub? it is invading our pasture. Also what we can use to kill it and stop it from spreading.
Thank you.
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Name: Carole
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carolem
Jan 2, 2018 5:43 AM CST
@Kokkys

...it's looking like Lantana to me. http://www.environment.gov.au/...
An Australian reference but no doubt informative considering you're already finding it to be troublesome.

Lantana is also highly toxic to live-stock/cattle etc.

If others suggest this is Lantana also; then perhaps best to make contact with a local authority who can advise on best herbicide measures you could use.





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Polokwane - Limpopo
Kokkys
Jan 2, 2018 6:36 AM CST
i also thought it might be a Lantana, but the flowers and leaves are different. I also took one to our local nursery and they said it is not a Lantana but could not tell me what it is or how to get rid of it.
Name: Carole
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carolem
Jan 2, 2018 6:40 AM CST
o.k. well Lantana is ruled out.

Someone will recognize it for you, you can bet.

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porkpal
Jan 2, 2018 7:09 AM CST
I still think it is Lantana. Any brush killer will knock it out.
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purpleinopp
Jan 2, 2018 8:48 AM CST
There are multiple species of Lantana. The plant in question looks like one of them to me too. I don't know which are likely to be found in Australia.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jan 2, 2018 11:35 AM CST
Oh my goodness !😮🙊!
Don't let it flower, please. Get you some big garbage bags. Put bag over each plant , and tie it closed, close to base. Cut it off, preferably, below ground . This way, ya catch as many seeds as possible. I'd use one bag for each plant. 👍

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 2, 2018 12:01 PM CST
I also agree, a variety of Lantana! Lantana (Lantana camara) is an invasive here in Florida. Flower colors vary. It's also listed as invasive in South Africa:
http://www.invasives.org.za/ne...
http://www.arc.agric.za/arc-pp...
http://www.arc.agric.za/arc-pp...


Near the bottom of this page, it states that it is now widely distributed in South Africa:
http://www.ais.up.ac.za/vet/po...

Lantana rugosa is also found in South Africa and it has leaves with a quilted (wrinkled) looking surface: http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw...
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Jan 2, 2018 12:09 PM CST
Lippia javanica, perhaps.

http://pza.sanbi.org/lippia-ja...
http://www.ecoguard.co.za/onli...
https://herbgarden.co.za/mount...
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plantladylin
Jan 2, 2018 1:39 PM CST
Danita may be on the right track with Lippia, commonly called "Lemon Bush". Crush a leaf and see if it has a pleasant fragrance.
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http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw...
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Jan 2, 2018 1:59 PM CST
If I were you I would get ahold of some one at Megatrax and South African weed killer company.
They should know your area pretty well.
Polokwane - Limpopo
Kokkys
Jan 3, 2018 1:25 AM CST
Thank you, Danita. Definitely looks like its the Lippia javanica. i see one of the synonyms is called Lantana Lavandulacea Willd.

Thank you for everyone's help. i really appreciate it.

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