Environmental weeds are plants that invade native ecosystems and adversely affect the survival of indigenous flora and fauna.
Environmental weeds can be foreign plants accidentally or intentionally introduced into Australia, or they can be native plants that have become weedy due to inappropriate management, or because they are outside of their normal range.
Environmental weeds may have significant economic and social impacts, as well as environmental impacts, including:
- reduction of biodiversity
- cost of control
- loss of ecotourism opportunities
- impacts on recreational activities
- impacts on landscape
- degradation of water quality
- increased risk of fire.
An environmental weed is one that is directly impacting our native biodiversity. It can be a species that is prohibited or restricted under legislation or not. It is what that plant is doing to damage the environment that defines it as an environmental weed.
Listed below are the environmental weeds commonly found in the Hinchinbrook Region. For more information on each weed, simply click on the name to open the respective Fact Sheet.