Camel thorn (Alhagi maurorum)

Camel thorn is an erect perennial shrub found mostly in pastures and neglected areas.


How does this weed affect you?

Camel thorn has an extremely vigourous root system, that has been known to break through sealed bitumen roads and spread from one side to the other.

How does it spread?

Camel thorn reproduces from roots and seed. The seeds germinate in spring and rapid root growth ensures establishment ahead of most other species. New shoots emerge from the roots each spring and most flowering occurs through spring, although it can extend through summer. 

What does it look like?

Camel thorn is an erect perennial shrub that grows to 1.5 metres high. 


Camel thorn is mostly found in pastures and neglected areas. It occurs where there is a high level of moisture in the subsoil and also grows well under irrigation.

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Camel thorn (Alhagi maurorum).

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Biosecurity duty

The content provided here is for information purposes only and is taken from the Biosecurity Act 2015 and its subordinate legislation, and the Regional Strategic Weed Management Plans (published by each Local Land Services region in NSW). It describes the state and regional priorities for weeds in New South Wales, Australia.

Area Duty
All of NSW General Biosecurity Duty
All plants are regulated with a general biosecurity duty to prevent, eliminate or minimise any biosecurity risk they may pose. Any person who deals with any plant, who knows (or ought to know) of any biosecurity risk, has a duty to ensure the risk is prevented, eliminated or minimised, so far as is reasonably practicable.
North West Regional Recommended Measure*
Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. The plant should be eradicated from the land and the land kept free of the plant. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment. Notify local control authority if found.
*To see the Regional Strategic Weeds Management Plans containing demonstrated outcomes that fulfill the general biosecurity duty for this weed click here

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Reviewed 2017