Perennial herb < 2 m tall. Stems and rhizomes are thick and fleshy. Leaves are large, < 75 x 50 cm and arrow-shaped. Flowers are small, cream and borne on stalks surrounded by a pale green sheath in summer – autumn. Fruit is fleshy, red/orange, < 1 cm in diameter and ripens in spring.
To help protect our environment, from 1 September 2022:
Damp habitats, wetlands, riparian margins, disturbed forest, pasture.
Seeds possibly dispersed by birds and water. Vegetative spread from tuber fragments. Human mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste.
Forms dense stands, displacing native plants and invading pasture. Poisonous. Contact with the plant can cause skin and eye irritation.
Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.
CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.