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Prickly Weeds

I was interested to see that flanking the track to Knapsack Bridge there a thickets of Lantana. This bush with a rather pretty flower is an import from South America and a rampant weed in warmer parts of Australia. I know it well from Queensland where it has taken over vast tracts of land. It seems that in the lower mountains the climate is warm enough for this nasty weed to flourish whereas I haven’t seen it higher up.

Photo: Lantana

The prickly weed of the mid and upper mountains is Blackberry which is also a pest that forms thickets and is difficult to control.

Words to walk with:
From Paridise Lost by John Milton
On Adam last thus judgment he pronounced: -
"Because thou hast hearkened to the voice of thy wife,
And eaten of the Tree concerning which
I charged thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat thereof,
Curs'd is the ground for thy sake; thou in sorrow
Shalt eat thereof all the days of thy life;
Thorns also and thistles it shall bring thee forth
Unbid; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
In the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat bread,
Till thou return unto the ground; for thou
Out of the ground wast taken: know thy birth,
For dust thou art, and shalt to dust return."