Lantana is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts. Lantana forms dense, impenetrable thickets that take over native bush land and pastures on the east coast of Australia. It competes for resources with, and reduces the productivity of, pastures and forestry plantations. It adds fuel to fires, and is toxic to live stock.
History of Lantana
Lantana Camara was introduced into Australia 160 years ago for gardens and hedging, it was then appreciated for its pretty flowers and dense green foliage. However, after reaching Australia’s warm climate Lantana has thrived and spread prolifically throughout the east coast of Australia, and less intensively in other smaller regions, and now there is an estimated 4million+ square hectares of Lantana across Australia.
Lantana was also used in South East Queensland in the early to mid-nineteen hundreds for wind breaks, after large areas of native bush land were cleared.