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Miconia (Miconia spp.) is declared noxious in the Illawarra District Weeds Authority control area (including Kiama, Shellharbour and Wollongong council areas).

The weed control class is 1. This means that:

“The plant must be eradicated from the land and the land must be kept free of the plant”.

Description: Aggressive shrubs and trees native to tropical America. They have large attractive foliage with leaves up often 60-70 cm long. Most species reproduce from seed which is enclosed in small black fruit. They produce hundreds of berries in clusters. They are spread many kilometres by birds.

Problem: Potential to cause irreversible damage to rainforests. Very invasive. Can form dense thickets in rainforest understoreys.

Control: Must be reported to the Local Control Authority. Seek their advice.

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