The aggressive African lovegrass disrupting Canberra’s ecosystem


Steve Taylor, who is in charge of the ACT government’s battle against the seemingly invincible weed, said it was spreading faster than it could be controlled.

He said the weed was disrupting the whole ecosystem by displacing native grasses – as these original grasses are pushed back, the insect population shrinks and that cuts the population of birds.

It can grow more than a metre high so it can be a traffic hazard.

African lovegrass can grow so high it impedes drivers’ vision.Credit:ACT government

The species came to Australia from southern Africa in the 19th century, perhaps by accident or deliberately as an import by misguided farmers who didn’t understand that it had little use for either man or beast. It is of such low nutritional value that cattle that eat it may actually starve because they…

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