11 Dec Turkey rhubarb
Turkey rhubarb is an aggressive weed that has the ability to completely smoother native ground plants and small shrubs. This can have devastating effects on the native flora and fauna, preventing native vegetation growth and thus eradicating food and habitat required by native fauna.
Origin: a herbaceous perennial plant native to southern Africa
Habit: Turkey rhubarb grows most vigorously in open sunny places but will easily tolerate shade. It prefers damp or seasonally moist sites and is commonly found along rocky creeks or streams. In Australia it is found in a variety of ecosystems including riparian systems, woodlands, forests, coastal dunes and wastelands and other modified environments
Leaves: The alternate, slightly fleshy ‘arrowhead’ leaves are 3-6cm long and 1–6cm wide.
Flowers: Small, white flowers are arranged in masses on loose multi-branched flower heads up to 30cm long.
Fruit and Seeds: The fruits are very distinctive; the many small nuts are each surrounded by 3 brown membranous wings, forming large papery clusters. The seeds are produced over summer and autumn. Turkey rhubarb can produce fruit within one year of germination. Its seeds can remain dormant for at least 2 years.
Roots: A perennial scrambling creeper sustained by numerous underground tubers attached to long rhizomes.
Dispersal: Seeds are spread by wind, and water. Parts of tubers washed away or transported in fill will re-sprout.