Do you have Bunny Ears?
North Burnett Regional Council has discovered ‘Bunny Ears’ in the region.
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor, Cr Rachel Chambers advised that Bunny Ears is closely related to prickly pear and was originally introduced as an ornamental plant which could be found in resident’s gardens or amongst their pot plants.
“Whilst we are all starting to get into the spirit of Easter, we are asking you to consider hunting not just for Easter eggs this year but also to keep an eye out for these invasive plants. Bunny Ears has the same potential to spread like prickly pear in the 1920’s. It is a plant native to northern Mexico and is also known as golden bristle cactus or polka dot cactus,” Mayor Chambers said.
Bunny Ears is classified as a restricted invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act and must not be kept, moved, given away or sold. Sightings must be reported to Biosecurity Queensland within 24 hours of discovery. If you think that you might have this plant in your garden, residents are requested to contact Council for an inspection by Land Protection Officers. Council looks forward to working with residents to identify, report and eradicate this plant from the region.
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For further information on this restricted invasive plant please see the attached flyer or contact Council’s Lands Protection Officers on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC), email Council, contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 or visit the Biosecurity Queensland website.