Cape broom (Montpellier broom), Genista monspessulana (L.) L.A.S.Johnson, is a leguminous shrub of Mediterranean origin. It is widespread in southern Australia infesting over 600 000 ha. Cape broom forms dense thickets in bushland, forestry, grassland, pastures, and recreation areas. It is a newly declared Weed of National Significance (WoNS). The psyllid, Arytinnis hakani Loginova was released in September 2010 at Captains Flat on the southern tablelands of New South Wales. Within eight months the psyllid had dispersed widely to a distance of 1.3 km from the nearest release point with shrubs being severely defoliated and producing few flowers and seed pods. Within 19 months, many Cape broom shrubs were dead.
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Sullivan, P. and Wu, H. (2013). A success story: the Cape broom psyllid, Arytinnis hakani Loginova. Plant Protection Quarterly 28(3), 83-4.