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Parkinsonia (Parkinsonia aculeata) weed management guide

Weeds of National Significance
Department of the Environment and Heritage and the CRC for Australian Weed Management, 2003
ISBN 1 9209 3211 9

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About the guide

Parkinsonia is a Weed of National Significance. It is regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia because of its invasiveness, potential for spread, and economic and environmental impacts.

Parkinsonia threatens rangelands and wetlands around Australia. If left untreated, it displaces native vegetation and reduces access to land and waterways.

Economic costs to landholders stem from an increased difficulty in mustering stock, a reduction in stock access to watering points and a decrease in primary production of grasses that are replaced by parkinsonia. Additionally, parkinsonia infestations provide refuges for feral animals, especially pigs.

The environmental impacts of parkinsonia are numerous. Native plant species are replaced, leading to lower quality habitat for animals. Wetlands are particularly vulnerable because parkinsonia can dam watercourses, cause erosion, lower watertables and take over vast tracts of floodplain. Threatened areas include national parks and other regions of high aesthetic, indigenous and tourist value.

This management guide was prepared in 2003. The state and territory contacts in this document may be out of date.

For advice on weed control in your state or territory see the primary contacts on the State and territory weed management arrangements page.

Contact details

Nathan March
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
PO Box 53, Cloncurry, Queensland 4824
Tel: (07) 4742 1311
Fax: (07) 4742 1899
Mob: 0427 603 328

Extent in Australia Potential distribution
WA, NT, QLD Could further expand in current locations; plus NSW, VIC, SA
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