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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Of interest: About those roadside vines we see up and down the coast

From the Eurobodalla Shire Council accountability page Karin Spencer asks:

Dear ESC, I am just wondering if you could please look into this noxious weed that is consuming our beautiful gum trees. The vine is now going to seed with each pod holding many seeds which are travelling in the wind. These pictures are taken on Hume road Sunshine Bay. Thank you.

This very well informed response was offered by a member of the discussion forum: "The vine in this post is called Common Silk Pod (Parsonia straminea) it's a native forest species and as the name suggests, is very common. The dominant vine in the Kianga Forest Road area is Native Grape (Cissus hypoglauca) which is also native. "Both vines are typical of forest edge effect where there is increased sunlight availability post disturbance. "Both species are important food sources for native animals. Silkpod attracts butterflies while Native Grape produces edible fruit that are an important food source for many forest birds."

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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