Elephantopus mollis, Fam. Asteraceae
Robust fast growing perennial herb, 30-150cm tall, with thick stiff, more-or-less straight stems.
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, initially a basal rosette becoming alternate along the stem, oblong to obovate, 100-200 x 20-50mm, rough and finely hairy above, densely hairy and resinous below.
|Flower description:||Heads of many small white tubular flowers cupped by 3 leaf-like bracts; numerous heads borne on tall branched sprays.|
Black, Brown, Grey
|Fruit description:||‘Seeds’ brown to greyish-black about 3mm long, each with 5 fine straight white bristle-like hairs, 3-4.5mm long; numerous.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Spread by: ‘seeds’: running water, contaminated feed, coats of animals, contaminated machinery and wind for short distances. Invades/threats: permanent pastures on fertile soils. Notes: introduced as an ornamental. To date only recorded from a few locations in this region. New outbreaks should be reported immediately so that appropriate control measures can be undertaken. Aggressive and very competitive; seed banks build up in soil; able to germinate and grow through even thick healthy pastures. Hairs on leaves and stems cause irritation if touched. 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.|