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Common sensitive plant

Weed Habitat 

  • Disturbed and cultivated areas, such as roadsides, vacant allotments, heavily grazed pastures, crops and lawns
  • It grows on a wide variety of soils, and can stand considerable shading


  • A low sprawling, perennial plant growing about 15-45cm high
  • Its round, often woody stems are reddish brown or purple and have short, curved prickles
  • Leaves are dark green, feather-shaped and sensitive to touch
  • Flowers are pale pink or purplish in fluffy balls, about 1cm across
  • Seed pods 2-3cm long with stiff bristles along edges

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Plant Type

Leaf Arrangement

Other weed identifiers

Plant Life Cycle

Weed Declaration

Currently not declared however under the Biosecurity Act 2014 you still have an obligation to prevent or minimise a biosecurity risk posed by a pest.

Weed Spread