Alexandra palms invaded the riparian zone at the end of McConachie Court

Alexandra palm

You see them in many places around Brisbane, including private gardens, but the tall Alexandra palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae) can grow up to 30m in height, with a crown containing around 10-12 long leaves that themselves can measure up to 4.5m. Unfortunately, while they are native to northern parts of Queensland, the Alexander palm has become…

The foliage on a mature broad-leafed pepper tree can reach all the way to the ground

Broad-leafed pepper

According to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, broad-leafed (or broad-leaved) pepper treesĀ (Schinus terebinthifolius) are a Class 3 declared pest plant under Queensland law. A native to South America, they have been introduced into domestic gardens and escaped into the wild, invading coastal dunes, wetlands and stream banks. These trees are not only a…