ONE-LEAF CAPE TULIP (Moraea flaccida)
One-Leaf Cape Tulip is a highly toxic perennial plant which poses significant threat to agriculture and the environment.
All parts of the plant are toxic to grazing animals, with cattle most likely to be affected. About a kilogram of fresh leaf material is enough to cause death overnight. Dry Cape Tulip remains toxic in hay.
Stock can learn to avoid it, but this can ultimately affect the carrying capacity of paddocks due to displacement of pasture species. Dry Cape Tulip remains toxic in hay.
Originally from South African it was introduced into Australia as an ornamental bulb.
As the name implies, each plant has only one flat leaf which is long and strap like and arches from the stalk. New shoots are produced in winter before dying back to an underground corm in early summer, making the plant difficult to detect.
One-Leaf Cape Tulip is also a weed or townsites, urban areas and recreational facilities.
One-Leaf Cape Tulip is readily spread by stock, farm and other machinery, wind (each seed capsule can contain up to 150 seeds), water, farm produce and the dumping of garden waste. There is no readily available treatment for poisoning.
It can be mistaken for Two-Leaf Cape Tulip.
Cape tulip can be difficult and expensive to eradicate and some herbicides effective in controlling Cape tulip also damage pasture legumes.
LET US KNOW IF YOU SEE ONE-LEAF CAPE TULIP AS THIS IS A PLANT WE NEED TO GET RID OF.
Human deaths have been reported from Cape Tulip poisoning