Five people from FroK attended a two-day course of Invasive and Aline Plants (IAPs) presented in Kloofendal on the 25th and 26th July 2016.  Download a poster (2.3Mb)  we prepared to share at this course: Invasive and Alien Plant control1 by the Friends of Kloofendal (FroK)


Some 74 species of invasive plants can be found in the Reserve.  A 9.2Mb file with a draft list, illustrated with numerous photographs, areas generally found in the Reserve and recommended treatment can be downloaded from: COMMON PROBLEM INVASIVE PLANTS IN KLOOFENDAL NATURE RESERVE.


The EPWP men finished their contract with JCP Friday 25th July (2014) and as promised by FroK, they each received a certificate of competence in identifying alien invasive problem plants in Kloofendal and distinguishing those plants from indigenous, non-problem plants. They also had to know how to remove the problem plants. They each were given a test on Friday 27th June in which the men had the opportunity of showing what they had learnt in their 3 months work period in Kloofendal.

The certificate event was made special by FroK providing cake and fruit juice, and each of the men was called forward to receive their certificate and a letter of recommendation from Steve Spottiswoode, our FroK chairman.


This file was sent to City Parks management on 5th May 2014 with a covering email that read:,

"We are sending out a FroK newsletter this week. Can you give us something positive to put in it in response to the attached document?"

We were hoping that City Parks would respond in some positive way, but the email was read and no answer has been received to date (4th June 2014).

City Parks is still illegally cultivating declared invasive alien plants in the little garden at Kloofendal.

We have been told unofficially that we can continue using the EPWP people to removed alien plants in the Reserve.  This has not been easy as their City Parks manager is rarely to be seen and is of little help when we take them into the Reserve.  We have needed to buy tools as they are inadequately equipped. 

Kloofendal represents fine examples of pristine Bankenveld vegetation.

Invasive alien vegetation is a problem and Friends of Kloofendal work on control of invasive alien vegetation, through our own work meets and by collaborating with other community-service groups.  The recent (2009/10 and 2010/11) rainy seasons have resulted in large amounts of growth, particularly of the invasive aliens.

Progress has been good in some areas, such as below Swift Street. 

Please join us on our regular work meet on the second Saturday of every month.

Jurgen Hammarstöm at 011-763-5504 or 083-546-1199

Document with pictures of most of the Declared Invasive Alien plants in the Reserve.  This largely supersedes the table below.

Map and table used to plan their work over the next two months.

We are planning to issue certificates to each person based on knowledge and the amount of work done.

Invasive Problem Plants In Kloofendal Nature Reserve

List drawn up by Karin Spottiswoode with help from Doreen Wood

“Working document – not complete yet. March 2011

Latin name

Common name

Category

Acacia dealbata

Silver wattle


Acacia elata

Peppertree wattle

 

Acacia mearnsii

Black wattle

 

Acacia melanoxylon

Blackwood

 

Achyranthus aspera

Burweed, Chaff flower

Weed category 1

Agave americana

American agave

Category 2

Araujia sericifera

 

Moth catcher

 

Argemone mexicana

Mexican poppy

 

Bidens pilosa

Blackjack

 

Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Pom pom weed

Weed category 1

Celtis  australis, C. occidentalis, C sinensis

 

Proposed declared invaders

Cestrum laevigatum

Chilean cestrum, Chilean inkberry

 

Coniza bonariensis

Red Sorrel

 

Cirsium vulgare

Scotch thistle

 

Cotoneaster (franchetii or pannosa)

Orange & silver leaf cotoneaster

Invader category 1

Crotolaria agatiflora

Bird flower

Proposed category 3

Cuscuta campestris

Common dodder

Declared weed, special effect weed (smothering & parasitic)

Cyathula uncinulata

Ronde klits/ Globe cyathula

 

Datura stramonium

Common thorn apple

 

Eucalyptus sp.

 

 

Ipomoea indica, ipomoea purpurea

Morning glories

Declared weed, invader category 3

Jacaranda mimosifolia

Jacaranda

 

Lantana camara

 

 

Ligustrum ovalifolium

Privet

Invader category 3

Ligustrum japonicum

 

Invader category 3

Malva verticillata

 

 

Melia azedarach

Seringa, Persian lilac

 

Myosotis semiamplexicaulis

Forget-me-not

 

Oenothera tetraptera

White evening primrose

Category 3

Opuntia aurantiaca

Prickly pear

Weed – category 1

Cortaderia selloana

Pampas grass

Invasive, declared weed, irritant – respiratory tract

Pinus

 

 

Phytolacca octandra

Inkberry, Bobbejaan druif

Proposed category 1

Richardia braziliensis

 

Very invasive in lawn and on paths

Rumex saggitattus

Red Sorrel

 

Solanum elaeagnifolium

Silver leaf bitter apple

Poisonous young fruits & leaves

Solanum mauritianum

Bugweed

 

Solanum pseudocapsicum

Jerusalem cherry, Bosgif Appel

 

Solanum rigescens

Wilde lemoentjie(Tomato family)

 

Solanum sisymbriifolium

Dense-thorned bitter apple

 

Tagetes minuta

Khakibos/ weed

 

Verbena braziliensis

Brazilian Verbena

 

 

 

 

 

Over the past five years the FroK invasive hacking team has done a lot of work on the highlighted species

 

 

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