Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Cinderella weed (490)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Worldwide distribution. In Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.
  • Moderately invasive weed forming dense stands in gardens, parks, roadsides, wastelands, and low-growing vegetable crops. Combining rapid germination, short life cycle, massive seed production, and tolerance to different soil types and full sun. Alternate host of several fungal pathogens.
  • Erect stem, up to 80cm, woody, 4-sided stems, hairy; leaves opposite, oval, pointed-tips short stalks, serrated margins; flowerheads yellow, arising from leaf axils, or end of stems, disc (inner) and ray (outer) florets, surrounded by leafy bracts. Seeds with bristles.
  • Spread: seed on the wind, water, debris, clothing. Contaminant of crop seeds.
  • Biosecurity: check for seed on clothing and vehicles.
  • Biocontrol: none.
  • Cultural control: hand-weed. Clean machinery/vehicles.
  • Chemical control: in Australia, MCPA + terbutryn.

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