Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Warning – Myrtle Rust


Recently this serious and notifiable fungal disease has been detected in Queensland commercial plant nurseries. The rust poses a threat to some of Stradbroke’s dominant plant species, particularly bottlebrush (previously callistemon spp.), tea tree (melaleuca spp.) and eucalyptus spp. The rust is a distinctive egg-yolk yellow colour.

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Myrtle rust on Melaleuca linarifolia (Angus Carnegie, Department of Industry and Investment, New South Wales)

If you see it in your garden or in the wild please call Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23

For more information go to www.dpi.qld.gov.au