- Rooikrans was introduced from Australia to
stabilize sand dunes at a time when drift-sands were a big problem in Cape
Town, covering roads, buildings and farmland.
- It produces good firewood and is also used for
shade and stock feed (leaves and pods).
- Rooikrans grows well on poor soils because it
has symbiotic Nitrogen fixing bacteria in its roots.
- It invades fynbos, sand dunes, roadsides and
- It produces huge numbers of seeds, which are
spread by birds and can lie dormant in soil for a long time before
- Rooikrans is a problem because it threatens
biodiversity, increases the severity of fire, and reduces water run-off.