Invasive vine spotted in Mission Beach jungle.

News release | 14-Aug-2018

Cassowary Coast residents are being urged to check their properties for Mikania Vine after a new patch of the invasive weed was spotted recently at Mission Beach.

National Tropical Weed Eradication Program Leader Mick Jeffery said Mikania Vine patch was spotted by a Cassowary Coast Regional Council Pest Management Operator during a routine roadside survey for Siam Weed.

“The officer spotted a dense brown patch of seed heads and a field visit confirmed the patch of Mikania on the side of the Tully-Mission Beach Road,” Mr Jeffery said.

“Mikania is the one of the highest priority weeds for the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Biosecurity Queensland will work with council to detect and control all Mikania vine outbreaks.

“Ground searches will be conducted over the next few weeks and members of the community are urged to keep an eye out for Mikania.”

Mr Jeffrey said the detection was the first new infestation at Mission Beach for seven years and followed a detection of Mikania in June 2018 near Ingham.

“It is extremely important that everyone watches out for Mikania, and report all sightings to Biosecurity Queensland by calling 13 25 23,” Mr Jeffery said.

“Mikania has smooth heart-shaped leaves, 4–13 cm in length, that taper to an acute point.

“The leaves grow in opposite pairs along their stems which are slender, ribbed and bear fine, white hairs.

“The leaves also have a pungent smell when handled.”

Mr Jeffery said Mikania was an extremely fast-growing smothering vine.

“Mikania poses a serious threat to agricultural industries, damages the natural environment and affects the habitat of native animals,” Mr Jeffery said.

“Mikania is amongst the worst agricultural weeds in many Pacific and Asian nations which is why the National Tropical Weeds Eradication Program has targeted it for eradication from Australia.

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