Yellow burrhead is a water weed with yellow cup-shaped flowers. It can block water channels and outcompete native plants.
Yellow burrhead invades lakes, rivers, dams, wetlands and irrigation channels. Once established, it can:
Yellow burrhead is an erect plant anchored in mud or sediment. It can grow up to 1 m above the water surface. In year-round wet conditions, it behaves as a perennial. In seasonally dry areas it grows as an annual.
There are no known infestations of yellow burrhead in NSW but it has the potential to invade northern NSW. Eradication programs are in place for infestations in northern Queensland.
Yellow burrhead is native to Central America. It has naturalised in the USA, South America, India and south-east Asia. It is a major weed in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia where it invades wetlands, rice fields and irrigation channels.
Unusual foliage and attractive yellow flowers make yellow burrhead an appealing pond plant. Although prohibited, it may have entered the country as a garden ornamental.
Plants can produce mature fruit in as little as 46 days. Each capsule contains over 1000 seeds and seeds can remain viable for at least 4 years. Plants can produce up to a million seeds per year.
Most seeds are spread by water. Mature fruit falls off the plant and floats downstream and the seeds sink when released from the fruit. Seeds can also be spread in contaminated mud stuck to vehicles, machinery, footwear and animals, especially water birds.
New plantlets grow after the flowering stem loses all its flowers and bends over into the mud. The end of the stem takes root in the mud and develops a new plant or it can break off and float away to form a new infestation.
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Please do not attempt to treat or dispose of this weed yourself. Report this plant if you see it anywhere in NSW by calling the helpline listed at the top of this page immediately.
NSW DPI will lead an initial response for the treatment and disposal of the plant to stop it from spreading.
See Using herbicides for more information.
PERMIT 9907 Expires 31/03/2025
Glyphosate 360 g/L (Only products registered for aquatic use)
Rate: Up to 200 mL in 10 L of water
Comments: Spot spray application
Withholding period: Nil.
Herbicide group: M, Inhibitors of EPSP synthase
Resistance risk: Moderate
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