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Lagarosiphon (Lagarosiphon major) weed management guide

Alert List for Environmental Weeds
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3241 0

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About the guide

Lagarosiphon is on the Alert List for Environmental Weeds, a list of 28 non-native plants that threaten biodiversity and cause other environmental damage. Although only in the early stages of establishment, these weeds have the potential to seriously degrade Australia's ecosystems.

Lagarosiphon is an aquatic plant that can dominate freshwater lakes, dams and slow-moving streams. It grows extremely quickly from the bottom of a water body to the surface and forms dense mats several metres thick at or just below the water surface. These mats stop light from penetrating into the water and displace native vegetation. Dense infestations can also deplete oxygen in the water.

Infestations of lagarosiphon choke waterways and reduce the potential for recreational use (eg fishing, boating) and commercial exploitation (eg by blocking water intakes for hydro-electricity). It is a major water weed in parts of Europe and New Zealand. In the past it has been found and eradicated from a few small dams in southern Australia.

This management guide was prepared in 2003. The state and territory contacts in this document may be out of date.

For advice on weed control in your state or territory see the primary contacts on the State and territory weed control page.

The state and territory herbaria details may also be out of date. These can be found on the Herbaria contact details page.

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