To the Editor - Paul Recher

Dear Ed;

In the article, 'There's a new weed in town’, Watterson states aka  Passiflora morifolia “… we don’t really need another exotic IN* our forests.” By forests, I assume, we are talking locally indigenous, relatively intact, not depauperate, dry and wet sclerophyll, remnant rainforest. 

I would like him or any reader to nominate exotic plant species that have naturalised IN our forests. Can you name one shrub or tree? + To highlight, camphor, privet, groundsel, crofton, ragweed, Ageratum, tobacco bush, ad nauseum have not naturalised IN any. 

* I.e. excludes roadside verge.

+ I can name two. I told the authorities only to highlight their hypocrisy re: wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars chasing Miconia and Cecropia. As expected, they didn’t act. The one invader of mature wet sclerophyll is typical of ALMOST ALL exotics that naturalise. They are no threat to biodiversity, and in fact ADD to the biodiversity and its stability

Paul Recher


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