Alert List for Environmental Weeds
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3233 X
About the guide
Cutch tree is on the Alert List for Environmental Weeds, a list of 28 non-native plants that threaten biodiversity and cause other environmental damage. Although only in the early stages of establishment, these weeds have the potential to seriously degrade Australia's ecosystems.
Cutch tree causes economic damage by forming dense impenetrable stands. It can potentially reduce primary production by displacing and/or shading pastures. The sharp thorns on cutch tree branches can impede the movement and mustering of stock.
So far, cutch tree has only been found in Darwin in the Northern Territory. It spread from the Darwin Botanic Gardens to the nearby Darwin High School. Control of these two infestations was initiated in the 1980s, and is ongoing to ensure that cutch tree is completely eradicated.