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Koster's curse (448) Print Fact Sheet

Relates to: Weeds


Common Name

Koster's curse; it is also known as soapbush.

Scientific Name

Clidemia hirta. It was known previously as Clidemia elegans, Melastoma elegans. It is a member of the Melastomataceae.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Aradhana Deesh
Information from Clidemia hirta (L.) D. Don (2016) Weeds of Australia. Biosecurity Queensland edition. Queensland Government. (; and CABI (2019) Clidemia hirta (Koster's curse). Invasive Species Compendium. (; and Clidemia hirta (2019) Wikipedia. (; and Koster's curse (Clidemia hirta) (2018) NSW Weedside. Department of Primary Industries. (; and Clidemia hirta (2013) Bugwood wiki. (; and from Waterhouse & DF, Norris KR (1987) Biological Control Pacific Prospects. Inkata Press, Melbourne. Photos 1-6 Forest & Kim Starr. Starr Environmental, Flickr.

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland, in association with the Pacific Community and Koronivia Research Station, Ministry of Agriculture, Fiji.

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