Kei apple (Dovyalis caffra)

Profile

Impact

Kei apple is a thorny small tree from southern Africa which has become a bushland weed in western Sydney. Its dense foliage can outcompete and shade native plants. It's long sharp thorns are up to 7 cm and can be a safety hazard. 

Description

Kei apple is a tree up to 6 m high with sharp thorns, smooth green leaves and apricot-coloured edible fruit.

References


PlantNET (The NSW Plant Information Network System). Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney. plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Weeds Committees (n.d.) Weed alert: Kei Apple. 

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Control

Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Kei apple (Dovyalis caffra).

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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.
Greater Sydney Regional Recommended Measure*
The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.
North Coast Regional Recommended Measure*
Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.
*To see the Regional Strategic Weeds Management Plans containing demonstrated outcomes that fulfill the general biosecurity duty for this weed click here

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Reviewed 2017