Riverside meadows of yesteryear

What did our urban and rural riversides look like before they were urban and rural? A lot of our riversides and creeks are verdant, but fundamentally weed patches. Those that aren’t bulldozed straight with a concrete channel down the middle, or used for illegal rubbish dumping, anyway. Continue reading

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Introduced weeds of the Werribee River

Here’s a list I prepared for a talk on weeds at a tree planting day by the river. These are all species I have observed along the river in Bacchus Marsh. 

Bob Reid said he might see if he can make a list of native species from the river as long as this. It’s a very disturbed environment with a lot of invasive weeds!

Not all these are particularly problematic, many just colonising disturbed ground in the absence of natives. Bold indicates those that seem to be the main problem species.

There are undoubtedly more, especially grasses, rushes/sedges and aquatics which I am not confident to positively identify.

You can use the web links at the bottom of this post to look up colour photos of them and further information. Continue reading