Echuim Plantagineum (Task 9) 3 points. Echium Plantagineum (Task 9 ) Slide 1. Connor Wright. The history of echuim plantagineum in australia.
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Echium Plantagineum (Task 9) Slide 1
Echuim Plantagineum is an invasive plant species in Australia. It is commonly known as Paterson’s Curse or Salvation Jane (specifically in South Australia). The plant is also called Blueweed, Lady Campbell Weed or Riverina Bluebell.
In the 1880’s Echuim Plantagineum was introduced to Australia. Scientists and historians think that the plant contaminated pasture seeds that were then grown. Another theory is that it was brough as an ornamental plant.
Today Echuim Plantagineum is a highly adaptable weed and as a result, there can be up to 30 000 seeds in one infected area. It is a dominant broadleaf pasture weed through a majority of New South Wales, South-east Queensland, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania and South Australia.
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Echium Plantagineum (Task 9) Slide 2
Paterson’s Curse also infests heathlands, native grasslands and woodlands. This weed is poisonous to animals (especially to pigs and horses) and can destroy the liver, reduce weight gain and can lead to death in severe cases. Sheep however can tolerate the weed. Also the coarse hair on mature Echuim Plantagineum can damage cows’ udders. In 2002 Paterson’s Curse costed the meat and wool industries $125 million Australian.
The history of echuimplantagineum in australia
This map of Australia displays the current and potential distribution of Echuim Plantagineum.
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Why is echuimplantagineum called Salvation Jane or Paterson’s Curse?
It is said that Echuim Plantagineum got the name Paterson’s Curse when a woman called Jane Paterson settled in Albury in the 1880’s. She brought the first seeds from Europe to embellish her garden.
Echuim Plantagineum got the name Salvation Jane when sheep were fed the weed during a drought. The plant, ironically, was the sheep\'s salvation.
Fully grown Paterson’s Curse.
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