Tagetes minuta, Fam. Asteraceae
An erect annual herb to 2m usually with a single or slightly branched, ribbed stem. The whole plant is yellowish-green and has an unpleasant smell.
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|
Simple, opposite at base, alternate near top, pinnately dissected, up to 150mm long, leaflets elliptic, 10 x 30-40mm, margins saw-toothed and with elongated, sunken oil glands near base of the serrations.
|Flower description:||Dull yellow, cylindrical heads 12 x 2mm borne in dense terminal clusters.|
|Fruit description:||‘Seeds’ black, straight, linear, 5-8mm long, topped with long bristles.|
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|Notes:||Spread by: wind, water, contaminated soil and machinery. Invades/threats: disturbed areas, roadsides, headlands and un-managed land. Notes: irritant sap that can cause dermatitis in sensitive people. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2018) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region Second Edition.|