INDIAN SHOT (WEED)
Canna indica, Fam. Cannaceae
Perennial rhizomatous, unbranched, upright, glabrous herb to 2m tall.
|Form or habit:||Herb|
Alternate elliptic, up to 450 x 250mm, apex pointed, base narrowed into open tubular sheath, margins entire.
|Flower colour:||Red to Yellow|
|Flower description:||Irregular, borne above foliage on cane-like terminal spikes or on 2-flowered branches: red to yellow, up to 50 x 15mm.|
|Fruit colour:||Black or Brown|
|Fruit description:||Textured capsules, 20-30mm long with numerous round black or dark brown seeds, 5-6mm long.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Weed status:||Environmental/garden escapee|
|Notes:||Spread by: Seeds, water, garden waste, vegetatively from rhizomes. Invades: Creek banks, Melaleuca forest, open wetlands and roadsides. Notes: Survives wet conditions. Indian Shot (C. indica) is the more often encountered species. Canna Lily (C x orchiodes) is a cultivated hybrid and does not produce viable seeds but reproduces vegetatively from rhizomes. A population has been recorded from near Hay Point. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.|