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Invasive weed sold in the NT

AAP logoAAP 22/09/2016

A highly invasive weed has been mistakenly sold at two Bunnings stores in the Northern Territory, prompting an urgent recall.

At least 27 pots of Sagittaria - a type of aquatic plant that can spread to block waterways - were sold at Bunnings outlets in Darwin and Palmerston between August 12 and September 9, the NT environment department says.

It says the weed was incorrectly labelled as melon sword by a wholesaler who supplied it to Bunnings.

"Sagittaria is a highly invasive aquatic plant that lives in or around water," regional weeds officer Roni Opden said.

"Interstate, Sagittaria causes significant impacts to irrigation channels.

"Severe infestations also restrict flows in wetlands and natural waterways, adversely affecting biodiversity and impacting on recreational activities."

Ms Opden said Sagittaria was well suited to the top end climate and could be difficult to control if allowed to escape into the territory's environment.

Anybody who bought a plant from Bunnings can return it for a full refund.

The department has also seized another 109 unsold plants from the wholesaler. It has destroyed 99 and will keep 10 for research purposes.

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