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Monday, April 07, 2003

But officer, I LOVE my camphor tree!

In a story that would make residents of Palm Beach County cringe, the peculiarly named Natal Witness is reporting that private landowners in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa are under siege by "plant police." The police are patrolling every inch of the town, in many cases demanding that certain invasive plants be removed from gardens. Citizens, who face fines or jail time if they flout the law, are coming up with various excuses for not removing the plants, including cost, sentiment, and even religion.

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