Honeyeaters and exotic blossoms.

Subject: Honeyeaters and exotic blossoms.
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 01:30:41 GMT
Just to clarify the effects of Rubber Vine. Here in North Qld. an introduced rust is proving to be an important control agent. It does not seem to attack the younger plants but impacts heavily on the larger plants. I believe the Yanks brought the Rubber Vine into Australia during WWII to provide rubber for the war effort eg. tyres (tires). An area near Charters Towers was actually planted out as a plantation and then left to spread naturally throughout our ecosystem after the War.
Have a look at the destruction of riparian forests in north Queensland by
rubber vine, which was brought here as an ornamental.

Jon Wren
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