Silver- leaf desmodium
Desmodium uncinatum, Fam. Fabaceae
Vigorous perennial herb, with trailing stems to several metres long and up to 1m high at flowering, densely covered with short and hooked hairs. Stems in contact with soil will take root.
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, leaflets elliptic to ovate, to about 60 x 15mm, hairy on both sides with a characteristic silver stripe along the midrib on the upper side, stalks 15-60mm long. Stipules 3-10mm long finely pointed, deciduous.
|Flower description:||Pink fading to blue, about 10mm long.|
|Fruit description:||Brown flattened pods, 10-30 x 3-4mm with 3-10 segments, indented along lower and sometimes upper margin; breaking into 1 seeded segments at maturity.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Invades/threats: open forest and roadsides. Notes: introduced as a pasture species. Stems in contact with soil will take root. Many Desmodium species occur in this district, with the majority of them being native, so correct identification is essential, especial for managers of environmental areas. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|