Cedar Grove Landcare is currently trialling new techniques to treat a Weed of National Significance. Dolichandra unguis-cati or Cats Claw Creeper is an invasive vine native to Central America the Caribbean and tropical South America. It is a very long-lived woody climber that can reach up to 30m in height trailing up tall trees. The vine develops and extensive root system consisting of tubers which increase in size as the vine develops. The structural parasite transforms landscapes into monocultures through suppression of all other species.
The Cedar Grove Landcare scientific team are conducting a scientific trial on various treatments to reduce chemical use in riparian areas while increasing efficacy of treatment. The team are working with Healthy Land and Water with the results being published in the coming year.