Mother of Millions
Bryophyllum delagoense and B. daigremontianum x B. delagoense; Syn. Bryophyllum tubiflorum and B. daigremontianum x B. tubiflorum
This perennial plant is erect, smooth, fleshy and succulent; growing to 1 metre or more tall.
Leaves are boat shaped, elongated with serrations, or cylindrical.
Flowers are tall spikes in winter. Its bell shaped flowers are orange-red in colour and form a cluster at the top of each stem. It flowers during winter and spring in the months of June to November.
Habitat the plant establishes well in many soil types. It can be found in leaf litter or other debris, on shallow soils in shady woodlands, and often grows on roadsides, along fence lines and around old rubbish dumps.
Weed characteristics is highly toxic to stock and difficult to eradicate.
Dispersal it produces small plantlets along the edges of the leaves which drop readily, develop roots and establish quickly to form a new colony. It can spread from these areas, especially in flood, and establishes if pastures are run down. It is adapted to dry conditions and can survive long periods of drought.
This species is a Class 2 declared plant under Queensland legislation.
How to act
Mechanical treatment of this weed is not recommended as it can reproduce from broken pieces of plant. There are several herbicides approved for use on this weed and foliar spraying can be very effective. Combine foliar spraying with an effective fire regime and control can be achieved; however this weed often grows in rocky areas where fire can’t penetrate. Isolated infestations or individual plants can be hand pulled with care to be taken to remove all plant material.
Refer to Weed Control Methods.
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