Macroptilium lathyroides, Fam. Fabaceae
Herbaceous annual or short-lived perennial, 0.6-1m tall, slightly branching or sometimes trailing, stems covered with short, soft erect hairs.
Other invasive plants
Invasive plants that are not prohibited or restricted invasive plants, but are known to spread readily and cause negative impacts, within the region.
|Form or habit:||Herb|
Compound, alternate, pinnate with three lanceolate to narrow-elliptic leaflets, 40-80 x 10-30mm, lower surface hairy. Stipules triangular, 4-8mm long.
|Flower description:||Crimson or dark pink pea-flowers to 13mm wide, crowded in pairs along the upper half or quarter of stout axillary racemes up to 400mm long.|
|Fruit description:||Pods sub-cylindrical straight, 80-100 x 2.5-3mm, with soft hairs and containing approximately 20 seeds; brown when mature and twisted after opening. Seeds plump kidney-shaped, 3-4 x 1-2.5mm, reddish brown flecked with black.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Spread by: seeds in water and contaminated soil. Invades/threats: disturbed areas including native vegetation, creek bank communities, roadsides and pastures. Notes: grown as a palatable, nitrogen fixing plant in pasture situations; also a source of pollen for honey bees. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|