Queensland Poplar

Also known as:
Bleeding Heart Tree, Poplar Leaved Omalanthus
Family:
Euphorbiaceae
Origin:
Australia, New Guinea

General description

Perennial shrub or small tree <5m tall. Ovate leaves <20cm long usually turn red in cooler part of year; seedling leaves broadly ovate. Flowers present in clusters of racemes, followed by smooth fruit, grooved between the 2 cells, ridged on keels.

Light gaps, forest margins. Shade tolerant pioneer species.

Seed dispersed by birds. Also spread by water & machinery especially roadside mowers

Forms sub-canopy & displaces native species through competition.

Site management

Replant site with native species to prevent re-establishment.

Recommended approaches

1. Grub out seedlings.
2. Spray smaller plants (5g metsulfuron/10L).
3. Cut & stump paint larger plants with Vigilant gel.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

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RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
Queensland poplar - Main species image