Grewia asiatica, Fam. Sparrmanniaceae, prev. Tiliaceae
Tall spreading shrub to 4m with greyish white or greyish brown bark.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Shrub|
|Family:||Sparrmanniaceae, prev. Tiliaceae|
Simple, alternate, weakly heart shaped with five hairy veins spreading from the base, 105-180 x 91-138mm, dull green above, paler beneath and usually covered with star-hairs; stalks 13-15mm long, margins serrated.
|Flower description:||Small, bright yellow or yellow and red, 5-petalled with numerous stamens, borne in axillary clusters.|
|Fruit description:||Purple to black fleshy, drupes, globe shaped or two-lobed, 6-10 x 6-8mm.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Origin:||India, parts of south east Asia|
|Notes:||Spread by: animals, mainly birds. Also flood waters. Invades/threats: creek bank communities, rainforest margins, disturbed native vegetation, unmanaged pastures. Notes: a horticultural introduction to Australia, first recorded naturalising near the Darwin Botanic Gardens. To date not widespread in this region but recorded on rainforest margin on The Leap and the Pioneer River at Balnagowan. Fire and drought resistant. Fruit is edible and reported to have a pleasantly acid pulp. All parts have medicinal uses. There are native Grewia spp. so correct identification is essential. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|