Stylosanthes scabra, Fam. Fabaceae
Erect, much-branched perennial to 1m or more tall with stems that are covered with fine hairs and sometimes also with bristles.
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, Shrub|
Compound, alternate, pinnate with 3 ovate to elliptic leaflets, broadest about the middle and tapering into a pointed apex. Leaflets, 5-16 x 3-7mm, softly hairy on both surfaces. Stipules 5-15mm long, covered with fine hairs and sometimes bristles, with finely pointed tip and prominent veins present.
|Flower description:||Small yellow pea-flowers, borne in dense terminal heads, almost concealed in overlapping bracts except when open.|
|Fruit description:||Brown pods about 6mm x 2.5mm, plus 1mm curved beak, densely hairy and prominently veined with 2 yellow seeds, about 2 x 1.5mm. Seeds almost rectangular with one pointed corner.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Spread by: animals, water and contaminated soil. Invades/threats: open forest, disturbed and waste land along roadsides. Notes: stylos were introduced as valuable pasture species but are now widely naturalised, especially in disturbed areas. Several species are prevalent in this region. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|