A prohibited plant species was recently discovered growing in a private garden in Lithgow.
Mexican Feather Grass is prohibited under the NSW Biosecurity Act.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries describes it as being a potentially serious weed of pastures, native grasslands and woodlands. It is a highly adaptable grass that has the potential to infest up to 65 per cent of NSW, which could cause major economic and environmental damage.
Upper Macquarie County Council chief weeds biosecurity Officer, Chris Jackson, said he received a report from a member of the public, that suspected the weed was growing on the property after viewing a photograph of the garden.
"Council biosecurity officers promptly inspected the property and took seed samples that were then sent to the National Herbarium of NSW for DNA testing - the result was confirmation the plant was Mexican Feather Grass," he said.
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