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Weed Spotter: Camelthorn infestations identified in the Loddon Mallee Catchment

Posted on 25 July, 2019 by Jacqui

The Weed Spotter newsletter keeps weed spotters up to date on the latest news about Agriculture Victoria’s High Risk Invasive Plants program. This includes new discoveries of State prohibited weeds in Victoria, progress of eradication programs and species case studies.

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The latest newsletter includes news about Camel thorn (Alhagi maurorum) management. This State prohibited weed is a perennial shrub found in northern agricultural areas of Victoria, often associated with drainage lines, irrigated pastures and neglected land. Camel thorn is a low shrub, typically 25 – 60 cm tall with val blue-green leaves and yellow tipped spines along the stems. Small pink, pea-like flowers occur between November to March. Roots can penetrate to greater than 5 m in depth and 8 m laterally, making chemical application and eradication efforts difficult. Mechanical control is not feasible as plants regenerate from root fragments that are readily spread via soil movement.

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