Status of mesquite in Tasmania(Prosopis species)Mesquite (Image: Jorge Vallmitjana)
- Mesquite is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of mesquite are prohibited in Tasmania.
- Mesquite is also a Weed of National Significance (WONS).
legal responsibilities of landholders and other stakeholders in dealing
with mesquite are laid out in the mesquite Statutory Weed Management
What does mesquite look like?
species can be multi-stemmed shrubs growing to 3 - 5 metres with
branches drooping to ground level or single-trunked trees to 10 metres.
The branches have a characteristic zig-zag character. The leaves are
fern-like and occur at the point where the branch zig-zag changes
direction. The branches also carry thorns. The greenish cream-yellow
flowers occur in a cylindrical-shaped spike. The seed pod can be up to
20 cm long.
- Spread is via ornamental plantings and seed. Seeds are spread by animals eating the seed pods and dispersing the seeds
Impacts of mesquite
- Mesquite is a
serious weed of pastoral country and native grasslands where it
contributes to loss of biodiversity, increased rates of land degradation
and provides refuge for feral animals. Thorns are dangerous and may
harm people, animals and equipment.
Where does mesquite occur?
- Mesquite is a
native of South, North and Central America. In Australia, mesquite has
naturalised in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland.
- Mesquite does not occur in Tasmania.
What you need to do
- If you locate
mesquite anywhere in Tasmania, or if you find a plant that you think
could be mesquite, immediately contact your Regional Weed Management
Officer on 1300 368 550 to report this weed.
Mesquite Statutory Weed Management Plan
Weed Links and Resources
Other useful links
Weeds in Australia - Weed Management Guide
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