Status of parkinsonia in Tasmania

(Parkinsonia aculeata)

  • Parkinsonia is a declared weed in Tasmania under the Tasmanian Weed Management Act 1999. The importation, sale and distribution of parkinsonia are prohibited in Tasmania.
  • Parkinsonia is also a Weed of National Significance (WONS).
  • The legal responsibilities of landholders and other stakeholders in dealing with parkinsonia are laid out in the parkinsonia Statutory Weed Management Plan.

What does parkinsonia look like?

  • Parkinsonia is a single or multi stemmed bush or small tree growing to 8 metres. The stems are slender and smooth, and tend to droop and zig-zag. The leaves are a flat green leaf stalk with numerous small, green oblong leaflets staggered along both sides. The leaf base is protected by sharp curved spines.
  • The flowers have four yellow petals and a single erect orange or orange-spotted petal. The seed pods are straight with bulges around the seeds and points at both ends.
  • Spread is by seed. Seed is spread in water, and in mud on animals and machinery.
  • See the WONS website for more information on identifying this weed.
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Impacts of parkinsonia

  • Parkinsonia is a serious weed of rangelands and wetlands.

Where does parkinsonia occur?

  • Parkinsonia is a native of Central America. In Australia, parkinsonia has naturalised in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
  • Parkinsonia does not occur in Tasmania.

What you need to do

  • If you locate parkinsonia anywhere in Tasmania, or if you find a plant that you think could be parkinsonia, immediately contact your Regional Weed Management Officer on 1300 368 550 to report this weed.
See also
Weed Links and Resources

Other useful links
Pest Genie
Weeds in Australia - Weed Management Guide

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