Jacaranda.. the genus name is also the common name.
Pretoria.. the executive (administrative) and de facto national capital.
The month of October sees this beautiful city come alive with the colour of the Jacaranda. There are reputed to be between 50 000 and 70 000 trees in the city. The first two trees where planted in 1888 and have spread their wings throughout the city… The city streets are lined with them and their beautiful show cannot be disputed… This is just one short street I use to go and visit my Mum in the home for those getting on in age….
The tree has since been declared an “alien invader plant” and categorised in the third category. In terms of the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act, No. 43 of 1983, as amended in March 2001, it can be kept only on certain strict conditions in South Africa: 1). shall not occur on any land or inland water surface other than in a biological control reserve. However, plants already in existence at the time of commencement of these regulations (March 2001) may continue to exist, provided they are not within 30 metres of the 1:50 year flood line of a river, stream, lake or other type of inland water body. In addition, the “executive officer” can impose further conditions on Category 3 plants already in existence at the time these regulations were imposed, which might include removing them if the situation demands it.
2). It must be controlled by the land user to curtail the spread of these plants.
3). It may not be planted, established, maintained, multiplied or propagated.
4). It may not be imported, sold or acquired.
5). and it can be exempted from the above regulations through written exemption from “the executive officer”, provided there is a good reason for it.
I’m sure our internationally know capital city would receive an exemption.