Invasion of Indigenous Vegetation in South-West by Leptospemum Laevigatum (Myrtaceae)
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Natural Sciences / Centre for Ecosystem Management
This is the first detailed study of the environmental weed Leptospermwn laevigatum (Gaertn.) F.Muell. in Western Australia. It is naturalised across the south-west of the State in a variety of soil and vegetation types, primarily in areas with at least 400 mm average annual rainfall. Although it proliferates following major disturbance (clearing, mining), it was found to be spreading into bushland in good condition. Successful control via chainsaw and/or herbicide has been demonstrated, although rapid, large-scale removal can be problematic.