Stevia ovata (a new weed for Australia) was discovered by Biotropica Australia staff undertaking an environmental survey in Ergon powerline corridors in 2006 in the Ravenshoe area of Far North Queensland.
Stevia ovata (Candy-leaf) is an exotic herb naturally found at higher altitudes between the southern United States and Venezuela, but is now established in a small area of the western Evelyn Tablelands. Because this is a new record for Australia and so little is known about the plant, Biotropica Australia has been co-ordinating control programs on behalf of a number of clients with properties affected by Candy-leaf. Biotropica field staff have controlled Stevia ovata on Powerlink, Ergon and Stanwell assists with a view to eradication. At this point, noStevia ovata has been allowed to set seed on these assets for the last 2 years.
Biotropica Australia are encouraging land owners on the tablelands to look for, notify authorities and treat the weed with Glyphosate.
Click here to view the Stevia Ovata Pest Flyer
For more information on Stevia ovata download the Weed Risk Assessment from DEEDIhttp://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/documents/Biosecurity_EnvironmentalPests/IPA-Stevia-Ovata-Risk-Assessment.pdf