Sphagneticola trilobata, Fam. Asteraceae
Vigorous, mat forming perennial herb to 70cm high, rooting at nodes and capable of forming very large colonies. Previously Wedelia trilobata.
Restricted invasive plants Category 3
Plants declared invasive under the Biosecurity Act 2014, that are present in QLD. Not to be distributed or disposed of.
|Form or habit:||Herb|
Simple, opposite, 3-lobed 30-110 x 25-80mm, margins toothed, lush glossy green above, paler below with soft or sandpapery white hairs.
|Flower description:||Heads of yellow to orange-yellow daisies, 15-30mm diameter, borne above leaves in terminal or axillary clusters on short stems.|
|Fruit description:||Possibly does not produce viable seeds in this region.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Spread by: garden waste and water. Invades/threats: capable of naturalising ‘everywhere,’ including mangrove margins. Spreads rapidly smothering native ground layer vegetation. Notes: Introduced as a garden ornamental, survives and flourishes in wet conditions. Category 3 restricted invasive plant under the Biosecurity Act 2014, it must not be given away, sold, or released into the environment without a permit. The Act requires everyone to take all reasonable and practical steps to minimise the risks associated with invasive plants and animals under their control. This is called a general biosecurity obligation (GBO).|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|