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Gambia pea

Weed Habitat 

  • Native to tropical Africa, Gambia pea is common in disturbed sites, roadsides, overgrazed pastures and in riparian habitats.
  • Seeds toxic to poultry, leaves toxic to rats.


  • Erect annual or short-lived perennial herb to 1 m.
  • Stems finely ribbed and hairy.
  • Leaves have 3 elliptical leaflets up to 8 cm long.
  • Characteristic rabbit-ear-like outgrowths where the leaf stalk is attached to the stem.
  • Flowers are pea-like, yellow with orange or brown streaks, on a short stem at the ends of branches.
  • Inflated pods 15-20 mm long, brown when mature, with many small orange seeds which rattle when ripe pods are shaken.

Crotalaria goreensisCrotalaria goreensisCrotalaria goreensis


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