In April we were sent to collect samples of a foreign invader not seen previously in the area. Growing outside the eastern boundary on land soon to be smothered with houses, alongside a patch of dock, stood two handsome and vigorous Datura ferox. These interesting plants produce everything at once: flowers (typical white trumpets), large heavily-spiked fruit, dried seed pods and rich green, wavy dentate leaves.
The numerous stems were incredibly stiff and strong for an herbaceous plant, which was soon to be removed by Ollie Sherlock and the Land Management team. If it appears in the Cranbourne Gardens, they will know where it came from!