|Botanical Name||Senecio mikanioides|
IdentificationScrambling or climbing herb with soft hairless ivy-like leaves and yellow daisy flowers. Can be confused with Cape ivy which has ray florets and is also a coastal species. To distinguish German ivy note the small ear-shaped appendages at the base of most leaf stalks. German ivy, which has no ray florets, is a daisy - not an ivy.
HabitatsCoastal plant communities and lowland forest margins, shrublands, rocklands, roadsides, quarries, farm hedges, wasteland, house gardens.
Impact to Biota and EcosystemsClimbs over small shrubs and trees. Can extend up to sub-canopy levels. Hinders plant growth by smothering and outshading. Spreads over large areas of ground beneath the forest canopy stopping the free regeneration of the ecosystem.
Dispersal Routes, Vectors, Infestation SourcesPlant is spread mostly by the wind or carried by disturbances in the environment. Plants grow well in open environments but will still germinate in the shade of the forest canopy near to its margin.
Hard to physically remove because plant breaks when pulled. Dig plant out.
Compost or mulch.
Rate - Handgun 1 litre Glyphosate + 200 mls Penetrant/100 litres water. Knapsack 100 mls Glyphosate + 20 mls Penetrant/10 litres water.
Spray with Glyphosate.