MPI and partners are working to locate outbreaks of the pest weed Velvetleaf in the South Island. If you see it,
photograph it, mark its location so it can be found again easily and
immediately call MPI on its free hotline – 0800 80 99 66.
What is Velvetleaf
Velvetleaf, a serious cropping pest, has been found in
fodder beet crops in North Canterbury and Central Otago. It affects many arable
crops by competing for nutrients, water and space.
Velvetleaf is a broad-leafed weed that grows to between 1m
and 2.5m. It has buttery-yellow flowers which appear over summer and autumn.
Leaves are heart shaped and velvety to touch.
Velvetleaf is known to be present in the Waikato where it is
well managed by the regional council. The South Island discovery looks to be
recent and MPI is working with partners in the seed and farming industries and
regional councils to manage it.
You Can Help
- If possible, take a photo of the plant/s.
- Mark the location so it is easy to find.
- Do not pull the plant out.
- Contact MPI immediately on the Pests and Diseases Hotline - 0800 80 99 66. Be assured all calls to the hotline are treated in confidence.
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