We all recognise the massive negative impact Lantana continues to have on native flora and fauna. But there are many things to consider when managing this invasive weed, including the important habitat it provides some Australian fauna.
While Lantana threatens some 158 native animal species, it benefits another 142 native animal species. These species use the weed as habitat when relevant native flora is absent.
The types of animal species that benefit from Lantana include: mammals (27), birds (90), reptiles (12), amphibians (3) and invertebrates (10).
Some of the specific animals are: Eastern Spinebills, Fairy-wrens (Variegated, Red-backed and Superb), Rough-scaled snakes and Bandicoots.
Because of the variety and number of Australian fauna making significant use of Lantana as habitat, projects aiming to restore heavily affected areas need to do so carefully and gradually. This helps minimise impact on dependant fauna and ensures they have continued support while the change takes place.
Native plants that can replace Lantana camara
A few plants native to Tamborine Mountain will help replace the structure and function of Lantana, including:
For more information:
Tamborine Mountain Landcare
Recognising the unique beauty of Tamborine Mountain. Their mission is to protect the Mountain’s natural heritage by maintaining and enhancing the environment and its biodiversity.
Wilsons Creek Huonbrook Landcare
A group of landholders who have made a commitment to repairing and enhancing the natural landscape in the Wilsons Creek, Huonbrook and Wanganui valleys within the Byron Bay Hinterland of northern NSW.
National Lantana Management Group
Weeds of National Significance (WoNS): A joint initiatives of the States, Territories and the Australian Government. The WoNS program has now become the responsibility of Australia’s States and Territories, who’ll manage the ongoing delivery of the Lantana Strategic Plan 2012-2017.
Office of Environment & Heritage NSW
Fact sheets on Lantana, managing the impact of Lantana, the Lantana key threatening process and more.