|Botanical Name||Leycesteria formosa|
DescriptionShrub to 2-3 m high, stem green, hollow. The red-purple bracts which surround the small flowers in the terminal inflorescence are a conspicuous distinguishing feature. Leaf ovate up to 240 mm long. Flowers occur Dec-May. Fruit black brownish purple, 7-10 mm diameter.
Where is it found?Streams, shrublands, light gaps in forests, potentially epiphytic niches, roadsides, exotic plantations, farm hedges and wastelands. Favours damper habitats.
Why is it a problem?Capable of penetrating deeply into untouched forest via natural light gaps. Favours windfall gaps and streamsides. Can form dense thickets especially in shrublands. Produces more shade than manuka but long term impact on forest regeneration is unknown.
How does it spread?Main infestation sources are roadsides and exotic forests. From these sites the plant then spreads to wasteland and native forest. Abundant seed dispersed by birds.
How do I get rid of it?
Leave to rot, mulch or compost.
Spray with Tricloypr(Grazon), Tordon 2G, Tordon Brushkiller, or Metsulfuron + Penetrant.
Rate - Knapsack 6 mls Tricloypr/litre water.
(ii) Tordon 2G granules (Herbicide with long residual life in soil.)
Rate - 55 grams Tordon 2G/m2 ground covered by drip line of plant.
Rate - 10ml of Glyphosate in 10 litres of water.
(iv) Metsulfuron + Penetrant
Rate - Handgun 35 g Metsulfuron + 100 mls Penetrant/100 litres water Knapsack 5 g Metsulfuron + 10 mls Penetrant/10 litres water
Dig out scattered small plants. Otherwise spray.