Khaki Weed watch

News release
09 March 2018

 Khaki Weed Alternanthera pungens

A declared weed under the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, Khaki Weed (Alternanthera pungens) has been found on four properties in the Aldinga area, near McLaren Vale.

The perennial herb is a serious biosecurity threat to local agriculture. Each plant produces spiny burrs (seeds) which can injure stock, wildlife and contaminate crops.

The weed can be spread easily by harvesting machinery and equipment which has not undergone a complete wash down. Seeds can also be spread by boots and socks, and by animals.

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges staff are urging grape growers and contractors in the Aldinga - McLaren Vale area to help stop the spread during harvest by strictly following all hygiene procedures. This includes washing down machinery, checking all clothing, shoes and vehicle tyres for burrs before moving to another property and being extra vigilant for the weed.

 Khaki Weed Alternanthera pungens. Photo credit: Kim Starr

If you find Khaki Weed

If you find Khaki Weed on your property, please notify Natural Resources AMLR immediately on 8550 3400.

A staff member will visit the property to verify the weed and discuss control options.

Find out more about Khaki Weed.

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Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges