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Myrtle rust

Myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii) has been found in several areas of New Zealand. It is important to keep an eye out and report any sighting of myrtle rust.

If you do find any Myrtle rust:

  • Don't touch!
  • Don't collect samples as this might spread the disease.
  • If you can, take a photo of the rust and the plant it's on then upload it using Myrtle rust reporter app (download in the iPhone or Android app stores).
  • Phone MPI's exotic pest and disease hotline 0800 80 99 66.
  • If you accidentally come in contact with the affected plant or the rust, bag your clothing and wash clothes, bags and shoes/boots when you get home.

Information on Myrtle rust:

How to identify myrtle rust.

List of plants in the Myrtle family in New Zealand (Ministry for Primary Industries, PDF, 160 KB)
If you are planning to plant myrtle species check the MPI website for planting advice.

For more information and to keep up with latest advice keep an eye on the DOC and MPI websites.

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