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Another Vegetable Pest

A new vegetable pest has made its appearance in Queensland, which promises to give some trouble to the husbandmen of that colony. The botanical name of this plant is Xanthium strumarium, and it is locally known as the Noogoora Burr from the fact that it was first, noticed on the Noogoora property near Ipswich. It is supposed to have been imported among some cotton seeds from America. The I plant is allied to the Bathurst burr, and when the shoots arc young, stock will eat them readily. Several deaths of cattle have occurred at Noogoora which have been attributed to the animals having eaten the plant. It is very destructive to wool, and spreads rapidly over the country. Some years ago the:chief inspector of stock recognised the dangerous: character of this plant, and recommended that it should be placed-under ;the;'operation of the Burr and Tliiatle jAct, but\thej public were apathetic and nothing was done. The same thing might be said respecting all the bad weeds we have imported into Australia. It ;is 'everybody's business to move in the matter, which means that ifc is nobody's business. In the meantime the plant gets a firmer hold every year, and what might have been exterminated at first for a few pounds,' in a few years costs many thousands, and often the end is not then accomplished.— Queensland paper.

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Another Vegetable Pest, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890

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Another Vegetable Pest Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890

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