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Weed Identification Tool

Aleman grass Echinochloa polystachya
Alligator weed Alternanthera philoxeroides
American rats tail grass Sporobolus jacquemontii
Barleria Barleria prionitis - Barleria lupulina
Bauhinia Bauhinia monandra
Bellyache bush Jatropha gossypifolia
Cabomba Cabomba - All Species
Caltrop Tribulus Terrestris
Candle bush Senna alata
Castor oil plant Ricinus communis
Chinee apple Ziziphus mauritiana
Common sensitive plant Mimosa pudica
Elephant creeper Argyreia nervosa
Gamba Grass Andropogon gayanus
Gambia pea Crotalaria goreensis
Giant Parramatta grass Sporobolus fertilis and Sporobolus africanus
Giant rats tail grass Sporobolus pyramidalis and Sporobolus natalensis
Giant sensitive plant Mimosa diplotricha var.diplotricha
Grader grass Themeda quadrivalvis
Grewia Grewia asiatica
Hymenachne Hymenachne amplexicaulis
Khaki weed Alternanthera pungens
Knobweed Hyptis capitata
Lantana Lantana camara
Leucaena Leucaena leucocephala
Lion's tail Leonotis nepetifolia
Miconia Miconia calvescens
Mikania Vine Mikania micrantha
Mimosa bush Acacia farnesiana
Mossman river grass Cenchrus echinatus
Mother of millions Bryophyllum spp.
Mother-in-law’s tongue Sansevieria trifasciata
Navua Sedge Cyperus aromaticus
Noogoora burr Xanthium occidentale
Para grass Brachiaria mutica
Parthenium weed Parthenium hysterophorus
Physic nut Jatropha curcas
Pond apple Annona glabra
Praxelis Eupatorium catarium
Red Convolulus Ipomoea hederifolia
Rubber bush Calotropis procera
Rubber Vine Cryptostegia grandiflora
Salvinia Salvinia molesta
Siam weed Chromolaena odorata
Sicklepod Senna obtusifolia
Singapore daisy Sphagneticola trilobata
Snakeweeds 1. Stachytarpheta mutabilis 2. Stachytarpheta cayennensis 3. Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Spiny head sida Sida acuta
Thornapples Datura spp.
Thunbergia Thunbergia grandiflora and Thunbergia laurifloia
Tobacco weed Elephtopus mollis
Water hyacinth Eichhornia crassipes
Water lettuce Pistia stratiotes

About this guide

This weed identification guide originated as part of the Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Program, an initiative of Cook Shire Council on behalf of all stakeholders in Cape York Peninsula.

At the end of June 2014 Cook Shire wound up its control of the Program. We hope everyone has valued this pocket guide and thank Cape York NRM and Cape York Landcare for continuing to distribute these guides.

Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Program would like to thank you for you helping us deliver coordinated Pest Management on Cape York. We hope this guide continues to provide you with positive identification of your weeds.

The Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Program was hosted by Cook Shire Council, with funding provided through Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd.


Collaboratively produced by:

  • Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Inc
  • Cook Shire Council
  • Cape York Regional Landcare Facilitator Program
  • Cape York Natural Resource Management Ltd

Photographic Credits: Cape York Weeds and Feral Animals Program staff and Sheldon Navie from the University of Queensland.

Special thanks for writing and editing: Kama Miller, Andrew Hartwig, Trevor Meldrum, Corey Bell and Russell Graham