MAF and Environment Waikato Hunt Invasive Vine

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) and the Waikato Regional Council are calling on Hamilton residents to help them locate any further infestations of an invasive weed pest recently located on two adjacent residential properties.

The vine Chinese knotweed (Persicania chinensis) is a vigorous climber with the ability to smother native plants, forest areas and horticulture operations. The plant puts out a deep and wide network of roots, enabling it to spread rapidly. It is also suited to a range of environmental conditions.

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