Weed profile: Camel thorn
Camel thorn is an erect perennial shrub 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.
It grows to 1.5 metres high and reproduces from roots and by 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. The root system is extremely vigourous and roots of the plant have been known to break through a sealed bitumen road to spread from one side of the road to the other.
- Declared in NSW under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993 (view details)