Rattlepod (Crotalaria lunata)

Rattlepod is a small tree or shrub. It grows along roadsides in south to central coast regions of NSW.


How does this weed affect you?

Rattle pods are considered poisonous to livestock. A few have escaped cultivation and have spread quickly along roadsides. 

Where is it found?

Rattlepods are cultivated, sometimes naturalized, chiefly from Central Mangrove to Nelson Bay. 

What does it look like?

Rattlepods are a native of India, they are herbs or shrubs with yellow pea-like flowers in spike-like clusters and inflated pods. 

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Herbicide options

Contact your local council weeds officer for control advice for Rattlepod (Crotalaria lunata).

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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.
Hunter Regional Recommended Measure*
Land managers should mitigate the risk of new weeds being introduced to their land. Land managers should mitigate spread from their land. The plant should not be bought, sold, grown, carried or released into the environment.
*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