Prickly Moses


General description

Small, evergreen tree <2.5m tall. Quick growing, forms a dense, rounded shrub. Sharply pointed dark green leaves whorled around stem (similar to tötara). Numerous flower spikes of lemon-yellow blossoms (Sept-Oct).

Roadsides, open banks, disturbed forest, abandoned gardens.

Seeds dispersed by wind & water.

Rapidly occupies vacant space & crowds out native regenerating plants.

Site management

Best to eradicate seed sources early to prevent establishment.

Recommended approaches

1. Hand pull seedlings minimising soil disturbance.
2. Make cuts at 100ml spacings around the base of tree & fill each cut (5ml triclopyr undiluted).
3. Ring bark trees. Paint ring barked area immediately with herbicide (50ml triclopyr/1L or 50ml Tordon BK/1L).
4.Where trees have been felled, paint stump (50ml triclopyr/1L or 50ml Tordon BK/1L).
5. Spray where appropriate, spring - summer (5g metsulfuron + 10ml penetrant/10L water or
60ml Tordon BK+10ml penetrant/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

kangaroo acacia
Acacia paradoxa

Kangaroo acacia has thicker leaves and more golden yellow flowers

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RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
prickly moses - Main species image