Red- head cotton bush
Asclepias curassavica, Fam. Apocynaceae
Erect perennial herb with copious milky sap, growing 1-1.5m. Stems green at the base and purplish toward the top.
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|
Opposite, 70-100 x about 12mm, dark green, tapering at both ends, growing mainly from the upper stems.
|Flower description:||Bright red with yellow centres, borne in terminal umbels.|
|Fruit description:||Narrow follicles tapered at each end and about 70 x 12mm. Seeds small, very light, tan to brown, 6-7mm long, with tufts of long, white silky hairs.|
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|Toxicity:||Toxic or irritant to domestic pets|
|Notes:||Spread by: wind dispersed seed Invades/threats: Disturbed or unmanaged areas, uncultivated pastures and along fence lines. Notes: probably introduced as a garden ornamental in 1880’s, now common in coastal and sub-coastal areas. Poisonous to stock but rarely eaten.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|